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Born: October 30, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: costume designer

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A veteran costume designer, Ann Roth had amassed more than twenty Broadway credits before entering films with George Roy Hill's "The World of Henry Orient" (1964). Over the past four decades, she has developed a close collaboration with director Mike Nichols both on stage and in features and is responsible for creating some of cinema's most seminal looks. From the contemporary looks of "Pretty Poison" (1968) and "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) to the mid-20th century sophistication of "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) to the outlandish costumes of "The Birdcage" (1996), Roth's designs have been exceptional examples of historical and social accuracy in costuming.

A veteran costume designer, Ann Roth had amassed more than twenty Broadway credits before entering films with George Roy Hill's "The World of Henry Orient" (1964). Over the past four decades, she has developed a close collaboration with director Mike Nichols both on stage and in features and is responsible for creating some of cinema's most seminal looks. From the contemporary looks of "Pretty Poison" (1968) and "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) to the mid-20th century sophistication of "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) to the outlandish costumes of "The Birdcage" (1996), Roth's designs have been exceptional examples of historical and social accuracy in costuming.

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Raised in Pennsylvania
1958:
First stage credits, "Maybe Tuesday", "Make a Million" and "The Disenchanted"
1964:
First feature credit, "The World of Henry Orient"
1965:
First collaboration with Mike Nichols, the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"
1967:
Costumed the high school-set drama "Up the Down Staircase"
1969:
Was costume designer of "Midnight Cowboy"
1971:
Designed the costumes for "Klute", featuring Jane Fonda
1972:
Costumed the cast of the fact-based Mafia crime drama "The Valachi Papers"
1975:
Was costume designer of "Nunzio", "The Day of the Locust" and "The Happy Hooker"
1975:
Designed the costumes for NBC's "The Rivalry", an adaptation of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates
1976:
Garnered first Tony nomination for the revival of "The Royal Family"
1977:
Designed costumes for "Coming Home" (starring Jane Fonda) and Herbert Ross' "The Goodbye Girl" (script by Neil Simon)
1978:
Costumed Fonda again in "California Suite"
1978:
Designed the costumes for the Broadway run of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1979:
Won second Tony nomination for "The Crucifer of Blood", a Victorian England-set drama about Sherlock Holmes
1979:
Did the costumes for the stage musical "They're Playing Our Song" on Broadway
1980:
Was designer of the mystery thriller "Dressed to Kill" and the comedy "9 to 5" (starring Jane Fonda)
1981:
Costumed Jane Fonda again in "Rollover"; additionally designed costumes for the films "Blow Out", "Honky Tonk Freeway" and "Only When I Laugh"
1982:
First designed costumes for Glenn Close in "The World According to Garp"
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Was costume designer of the Circle in the Square revivals "Present Laughter" (1982) and "Design for Living" (1984) , both directed by George C Scott
1983:
Made first feature film collaboration with Mike Nichols as costumer of "Silkwood"
1984:
Won first Oscar nomination for her designs for Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart"
1984:
Designed costumes for the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly", directed by Nichols
1985:
Served as costume consultant on the PBS special "Roanoke"; earned Emmy nomination
1985:
Costumed the casts of "The Slugger's Wife", "Jagged Edge", "Maxie" and "Sweet Dreams"
1985:
Was costume designer for Broadway revivals of "The Odd Couple", "Singin' in the Rain" and "Arms and the Man"; also did costumes for Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"
1986:
Did costumes for Mike Nichols' "Heartburn" and dressed Jane Fonda in "The Morning After"
1988:
Was costume designer for two features starring Daniel Day-Lewis: the striking drama "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and the lighthearted comedy "Stars and Bars"
1986:
Created clothing for the stage revival of "The House of Blue Leaves"; production transferred to Broadway
1988:
Designed costumes for Mike Nichols' "Working Girl"
1989:
Was costume designer of the films "The January Man", "Her Alibi" and "Family Business"
1989:
Was costume designer for Broadway's "Born Yesterday"
1990:
Designed costumes for the features "Everybody Wins", "Q&A","Postcards From the Edge", "Pacific Heights" and "Bonfire of the Vanities"
1991:
Was costume designer for Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"
1992:
Costumed the casts of "The Mambo Kings", "A Stranger Among Us", "School Ties" and "Consenting Adults"
1992:
Designed costumes for the Broadway production of "Death and the Maiden" starring Glenn Close and "A Small Family Business"
1993:
Was costume designer for the feature adaptation of "Dennis the Menace and outfitted Sigourney Weaver in "Dave"
1994:
Designed the costumes for the Mike Nichols psychological horror thriller "Wolf" and the comedy "Guarding Tess"
1995:
Costumed the casts of "Just Cause" and "Sabrina"
1995:
Designed Glenn Close's costumes in the fact-based NBC TV-movie "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"
1996:
Was costume designer of the courtroom drama "Before and After" and Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage"
1996:
Won Best Costume Design Oscar for "The English Patient", directed by Anthony Minghella
1996:
Designed the costumes for the Broadway revival of "Present Laughter"
1997:
Was costume designer of "In & Out"
1998:
Costumed "Primary Colors" for Mike Nichols; additionally worked as designer of "The Siege" and "Hush"
1999:
Was costume designer of "Random Hearts" and the modern-day remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
1999:
Reteamed with Minghella for "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; earned an Academy Award nomination for her efforts
2003:
Served as costume designer for drama "The Hours"; recieved an Oscar nomination for her achievements in costume design
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Costume designer Ann Roth on a recent costuming difficulty: "There was an actress on Broadway recently who was playing a Jew. So I produced a Star of David for her to wear and she said she would never wear something like that. I said 'It's not about what you would wear, sweetheart, but what your character would wear'. I hadn't heard that kind of thing for years--most actors these days will go a long way to nail their characters." --quoted in The London Times, February 14, 2000

"That long period before shooting starts, when you're just sketching on your own, that's the part I love best. Irene Sharif [sic] once said that if you get 75 per cent of what you want on the screen, you're very lucky. I've been very lucky, most of all on 'The Day of the Locust', my all-time favorite. But that blue coat in 'Ripley', you get to see it only for a second, but I'm pretty proud of that, too." --Ann Roth quoted in the London Times, February 14, 2000

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