birth place: California, USA
birth date: 28 October 1897
zodiac sign: Scorpio
death place: California, USA
death date: 24 October 1981
life and design
Edith Head 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).
Born and raised in California, Head managed to get a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1924, without any relevant training by borrowing other students sketches for her job interview. She began designing costumes for silent films, commencing with The Wanderer in 1925 and, by the 1930s, had established herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers.
Edith Head first acquired notability for Dorothy Lamour’s trademark sarong dress in The Hurricane(1937), and then became a household name after the Academy Awards created a new category of Costume Designer in 1948. Over the course of her long career, she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards, annually from 1948 through 1966, and won eight times – receiving more Oscars than any other woman.
Head was considered exceptional for her close working relationships with her subjects, with whom she consulted extensively, as a result, she was a favorite among many of the leading female stars of the 1940s and 1950s, such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley MacLaine, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor.
After 14 years working at Paramount, Edith Head became the head of its costume design department. She worked there until 1967 then moved to Universal Pictures on March 27, possibly prompted by her extensive work for director Alfred Hitchcock, who had moved to Universal in 1960. And she would remain with Universal until her death in 1981.
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