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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 16:44 GMT
O'Toole changes mind over Oscar
Peter O'Toole: Agent will not confirm

Veteran actor Peter O'Toole has decided to accept his honorary Oscar and is expected in person at the March ceremony after all.

The actor had originally declined the award because he said he was "still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright".

But Frank Pierson, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, wrote to the star to explain the award was meant not as a coda to his career but as a tribute.

Academy organisers now expect the star to appear in person.

"It looks like that may indeed happen, and we couldn't be happier," Mr Pierson said.

O'Toole has never won an Oscar despite seven nominations and is best known for epics such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Last Emperor.

Only Marlon Brando and George Scott have ever refused an Oscar.

O'Toole's manager, Johnnie Planco, has declined to confirm the Academy's announcement, saying the matter was being kept a surprise.



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