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People/Characters: Edith Head

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Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories by Nichelle Nichols
Dancing in the Dark by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrickcostume designer
The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto
Design for Dying by Renee Patrick
Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Costume Designer by David Chierichetti
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
Grace by Robert Lacey
Grace of Monaco: An Interpretive Biography by Steven Englund
The Sex Lives of Famous Lesbians by Nigel Cawthorne

Character description

Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981), born Edith Claire Posener, was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, starting with The Heiress (1949) and ending with The Sting (1973). She was married to (1923-1936) and then divorced from Charles Head.

Born and raised in California, Head managed to get a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures, without any relevant training. She first acquired notability for Dorothy Lamour’s trademark sarong dress, and then became a household name after the Academy Awards created a new category of Costume Designer in 1948.

Head was considered exceptional for her close working relationships with her subjects, with whom she consulted extensively, and these included virtually every top female star in Hollywood.

After 43 years she left Paramount for Universal, possibly because of her successful partnership with Alfred Hitchcock, and also adapted her skills for television.

Edith Head in Wikipedia

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