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Also Known As: Shirley Ann Kingdon Died: March 4, 2002
Born: March 11, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: costume designer, production designer, actor

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Met future husband and collaborator Ken Russell at Walthamstow College of Art
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Acted in short films "Amelia and the Angel" and "Peepshow", directed by Russell; also designed costumes and wigs
1957:
On honeymoon, posed for photo-essay about the Bronte family
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Worked as assistant at the Bath Costume Museum
1963:
Feature debut as costume designer, "French Dressing", helmed by Russell
1966:
Designed costumes for Russell's TV biography "Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World"
1969:
Garnered attention for designs for "Women in Love"
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In the 1970s, owned and operated a costume firm, "The Last Picture Frock"; eventually sold outfit to the costumier Angels
1974:
With Tim Goodchild, co-designed costumes for "The Little Prince", directed by Stanley Donen
1977:
Last feature film with Russell, "Valentino"
1978:
Created the period costumes for Russell's two-part look at the Romantic poets, "Clouds of Glory"
1979:
Received first Oscar nomination for costumes for "Agatha"; also served as production designer
1981:
Earned second Academy Award nomination for costume design for the epic "Reds", directed by and starring Warren Beatty
1983:
Did the costumes for the biographical miniseries "Wagner"
1987:
Created the period look for the WWII-era drama "Hope and Glory"; last film work for a decade
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"Retired" to France
1996:
Came out of retirement at the urging of director Charles Sturridge who asked her to design costumes for the TV miniseries "Gulliver's Travels"; earned Emmy nomination
1997:
Returned to designing motion pictures with "Fairytale - A True Story", directed by Sturridge
2000:
Designed the costumes for "I Dreamed of Africa"
2000:
Created the various period costumes for the acclaimed TV miniseries "Longitude", helmed by Sturridge
2001:
Final film as costumer, "Enigma"
2002:
Final credit, designing the costumes for the TV production "Shackleton", directed by Sturridge; aired in USA on A&E posthumously
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Education

Walthamstow College of Art: -
Royal College of Art: -

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husband:
Ken Russell. Director. Married in 1957; separated on their 20th wedding anniversary in 1977; divorced in 1979.
companion:
Jonathan Benson. Together since c. 1982.

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son:
Xavier Russell.
son:
James Russell.
son:
Alex Russell.
daughter:
Victoria Russell.
son:
Toby Russell.
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