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Stolen Oscar returned to Bill Thomas

Stolen Oscar returned to Bill Thomas

June 22, 1976: William “Bill Thomas” Petersen, left, is presented his Oscar by Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Martinez at a police property room.

Petersen, whose professional name is Bill Thomas, won the Oscar in 1961 for costume design in the movie “Spartacus.” It was taken in an $11,000 burglary of his Bel-Air home in May 1976. Two suspects were arrested.

This photo by former staff photographer Steve Fontanini was published in the June 23, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

Petersen’s June 2, 2000, Los Angeles Times obituary is online: Bill Thomas; Costume Designer Won Oscar for ‘Spartacus’ 

1 Comment

  1. January 8, 2014, 10:27 pm

    I would like to know if Mr Bill Thomas was also a photographer or if he frequently mingled with hollywood types etc, As I found an old black and white photo today and on the reverese is stamped BILL THOMAS 1544 W 11TH ST LOS ANGELES CA. 90047 AND HIS PHONE NUMBER WHICH I SHALL NOT POST FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.


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