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Also Known As: Melvin B Bourne Died: February 3, 2003
Born: November 22, 1923 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: production designer, assistant production designer, scenic designer

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Best known for his impeccable collaborations with Woody Allen, beginning with "Annie Hall" (1977) and running through "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), Mel Bourne excels at urban settings. After studying at the Yale School of Drama, Bourne worked as an apprentice to the stage designer Robert Edmond Jones. During the 1950s, he created the settings for numerous stage productions including "The Male Animal" and "The Millionairess". Bourne segued to films in 1957 as associate art director on "That Night". In addition to Woody Allen, he has worked with Michael Mann ("Thief" 1981), Robert Benton ("Still of the Night" 1982) and Barbet Schroeder ("Reversal of Fortune" 1990). Bourne was thrice nominated for an Oscar for his designs for "Interiors" (1978), "The Natural" (1984) and "The Fisher King" (1991).

Best known for his impeccable collaborations with Woody Allen, beginning with "Annie Hall" (1977) and running through "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), Mel Bourne excels at urban settings. After studying at the Yale School of Drama, Bourne worked as an apprentice to the stage designer Robert Edmond Jones. During the 1950s, he created the settings for numerous stage productions including "The Male Animal" and "The Millionairess". Bourne segued to films in 1957 as associate art director on "That Night". In addition to Woody Allen, he has worked with Michael Mann ("Thief" 1981), Robert Benton ("Still of the Night" 1982) and Barbet Schroeder ("Reversal of Fortune" 1990). Bourne was thrice nominated for an Oscar for his designs for "Interiors" (1978), "The Natural" (1984) and "The Fisher King" (1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fisher King, The (1991) Carmichael
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Raised in Chicago
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Served in the US Army during WWII
1945:
Worked at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey
1948:
Began career as set designer with the New York Theatre Guild as assistant to Robert Edmond Jones (date approximate)
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Worked on numerous live TV programs during 1950s
1962:
First feature film credit as assistant art director on "The Miracle Worker"
1976:
First feature as production designer, "Annie Hall"
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Education

Purdue University: West Lafayette , Indiana -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1945 - 1948

Notes

"I'm no genius, just a blue-collar designer who was lucky enough to be exposed to creative people with passion." --Bourne quoted in Daily News, March 3, 1997.

Bourne often places a copy of Robert Ludlum's novel "The Bourne Identity" in the background as set decoration.

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son:
Timothy Bourne.
son:
Tristan Bourne.
son:
Travis Bourne.

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