Saturday, January 22, 2011

Costume Designer Theoni Aldredge R.I.P.

Theoni V. Aldredge, who designed costumes for films from Stella (1955) to The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), passed on January 21, 2010 at the age of 78.

Theoni V. Aldredge was born Theoni Athanasiou in Greece on August 22, 1932. She decided to become a costume designer after seeing the movie Caesar and Cleopatra (1946). When she was around 17 she immigrated to the United States where she attended the Goodman School of Drama, at that time part of the Art Institute of Chicago. She married Tom Aldredge in 1953.

Miss Aldredge first designed costumes for Stella (1955). She would go onto to design costumes for such films as Never on Sunday (1960), The Three Sisters (1966), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), The Great Gatsby (1974), Network (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978), Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Rich and Famous (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Moonstruck (1987), Other People's Money (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), and First Wives Club (1996). She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work on The Great Gatsby.

Theoni V. Aldrege also worked on Broadway. She designed costumes for such plays as Sweet Bird of Youth, The Best Man, The Devil's Advocate, Mr. President, Any Wednesday, P. S. I Love You, Happily Ever After, Little Murders, Weekend, That Championship Season, A Chorus Line, Annie, 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, Chess, and Nick and Nora.

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