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Also Known As: Patrizia Van Brandenstein Died:
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Birth Place: Arizona, USA Profession: production designer, costume designer, scene painter, prop maker, seamstress, art director, actor

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A notable production designer of the 1980s and 90s, von Brandenstein has shown versatility in creating sets for both lavish historical films and glossy contemporary fare. She was born in Arizona to Russian emigrant parents. Her education abroad climaxed with two years as an apprentice at the famed Comedie Francaise. Returning to the USA, von Brandenstein threw herself into the flourishing off-Broadway scene of 60s New York at the Actors Studio and LaMaMa as a seamstress, prop maker and scene painter. 1966 saw the real start of her career in design with an eight-year stay creating costumes and sets at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco under William Ball. She also met future husband and fellow production designer Stuart Wurtzel.

A notable production designer of the 1980s and 90s, von Brandenstein has shown versatility in creating sets for both lavish historical films and glossy contemporary fare. She was born in Arizona to Russian emigrant parents. Her education abroad climaxed with two years as an apprentice at the famed Comedie Francaise. Returning to the USA, von Brandenstein threw herself into the flourishing off-Broadway scene of 60s New York at the Actors Studio and LaMaMa as a seamstress, prop maker and scene painter. 1966 saw the real start of her career in design with an eight-year stay creating costumes and sets at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco under William Ball. She also met future husband and fellow production designer Stuart Wurtzel.

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1966:
Eight-year stay with William Ball's American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco designing sets and costumes
1972:
Switched from theater to film; early feature credit, as set decorator on "The Candidate"
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Worked her way up from scenic artist to costume designer and later art director
1975:
Worked with husband Stuart Wurtzel doing art direction on a film, "Hester Street"
1977:
Had several feature credits as costume designer, "Saturday Night Fever" and "Between the Lines"
1977:
Early feature film credit as art director, "Girlfriends"
1978:
First TV-movie, "The Last Tenant", credited as art director
1978:
First TV-movie credit as production designer, "Summer of My German Soldier"
1980:
First film credit as production designer, "Heartland"
1980:
Last major TV credit, doing the art direction on "Hardhat and Legs"
1981:
Received first Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction/Set Direction for the Milos Forman film, "Ragtime"
1983:
First collaboration with director Mike Nichols, "Silkwood"
1987:
Served as visual consultant on the Brian DePalma film, "The Untouchables"
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Education

University of Alaska: Anchorage , Alaska -
Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Lester Polakov's Studio: -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Comedie Francaise: -

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husband:
Stuart Wurtzel. Production designer. Second husband.

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daughter:
Kimberly Wurtzel.

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