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Also Known As: Died: January 23, 1994
Born: February 13, 1918 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Waupaun, Wisconsin, USA Profession: production designer, ballet producer, set designer, art consultant

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Prolific and accomplished set designer of theater, dance, opera and film who contributed to our cultural atmosphere over four decades. Smith added color to the 50s in particular by designing some of the decade's most beloved artifacts of performance. He created the Broadway sets of "My Fair Lady", "Auntie Mame", "West Side Story", "Camelot" and "Hello, Dolly!", among many others. For the Metropolitan Opera, he designed "La Traviata" and, in the sphere of modern dance, he crafted the look and space of Agnes de Mille's "Fall River Legend" and Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free". His film work included the primary-colored confection that was the set of Joseph Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), and even the provincial glories of the film musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). His final film set design was for "Giselle" (1968).

Prolific and accomplished set designer of theater, dance, opera and film who contributed to our cultural atmosphere over four decades. Smith added color to the 50s in particular by designing some of the decade's most beloved artifacts of performance. He created the Broadway sets of "My Fair Lady", "Auntie Mame", "West Side Story", "Camelot" and "Hello, Dolly!", among many others. For the Metropolitan Opera, he designed "La Traviata" and, in the sphere of modern dance, he crafted the look and space of Agnes de Mille's "Fall River Legend" and Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free". His film work included the primary-colored confection that was the set of Joseph Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), and even the provincial glories of the film musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). His final film set design was for "Giselle" (1968).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  American Ballet Theatre (1978) Stage Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Browning
2.
 Hellraiser (1987) Frank The Monster
3.
 Riding High (1980) Burt Ganja
4.
 The Great Train Robbery (1979) Ratting Assistant
5.
 Porridge (1979) Mcmillan
6.
 His Double Life (1934) Leek twin
7.
 Bringing Up Betty (1919) Lord Dormer
8.
 Color Him Dead (1974) Marcus
9.
 Anna Lee: Dupe (1994)
10.
 Jesus of Nazareth (1977) Saul
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1942:
Designed first Broadway set, "Rosalinda"
1945:
Became co-director of American Ballet Theater
1955:
Debut as film production designer "Guys and Dolls"
1977:
Last film credit, art consultant on "The Turning Point"
1992:
Named director emeritus of American Ballet Theater
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Education

Pennsylvania State University: University Park , Pennsylvania -

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