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Also Known As: Died: July 17, 1999
Born: February 24, 1925 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: costume designer, design instructor, waitress

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One of the most well-respected and prolific costume designers of the American stage, Patricia Zipprodt racked up 10 Tony Award nominations and three wins over a long and distinguished career. While there were the occasional forays into film and television (i.e., "The Graduate" 1967; the 1973 ABC adaptation of "The Glass Menagerie"), she was most at home crafting stage wardrobes that carefully reflected the characters, whether it be for grand opera, musical theater or a Broadway boulevard comedy.Born and raised in Chicago, Zipprodt studied sociology at Wellesley and then embarked on a bohemian lifestyle in Manhattan in the early 1950s, studying painting at the Art Students League of New York. The story went that while attending the ballet one evening, she suddenly hit on the idea of creating the costumes as a means to, in her words, "paint with fabric". Apprenticeships with several of the top craftspersons of the day (e.g., Rouben ter-Arutunian, Irene Sharaff) followed before Zipprodt realized her dream. She also branched out to creating clothing for the stage, handling five shows in 1957 alone, including her Broadway debut, "The Potting Shed". Soon in demand, she created the Puritan garb for Arthur...

One of the most well-respected and prolific costume designers of the American stage, Patricia Zipprodt racked up 10 Tony Award nominations and three wins over a long and distinguished career. While there were the occasional forays into film and television (i.e., "The Graduate" 1967; the 1973 ABC adaptation of "The Glass Menagerie"), she was most at home crafting stage wardrobes that carefully reflected the characters, whether it be for grand opera, musical theater or a Broadway boulevard comedy.

Born and raised in Chicago, Zipprodt studied sociology at Wellesley and then embarked on a bohemian lifestyle in Manhattan in the early 1950s, studying painting at the Art Students League of New York. The story went that while attending the ballet one evening, she suddenly hit on the idea of creating the costumes as a means to, in her words, "paint with fabric". Apprenticeships with several of the top craftspersons of the day (e.g., Rouben ter-Arutunian, Irene Sharaff) followed before Zipprodt realized her dream. She also branched out to creating clothing for the stage, handling five shows in 1957 alone, including her Broadway debut, "The Potting Shed". Soon in demand, she created the Puritan garb for Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (1958) as well as costumes for such acclaimed Off-Broadway shows as "The Balcony" (1960) and "The Blacks" (1961). Her work on the latter brought her to the attention of Jerome Robbins who hired Zipprodt for his directorial debut, 1962's "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad" (1962). Within two years, she had picked up her first Tony Award for the turn-of-the-century Russian costumes she created for the long-running musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1964).

Now firmly established as a designer of note, Zipprodt would go on to a distinguished career that spanned into the 90s, dividing her time between teaching (at various colleges and universities) and designing for opera, ballet, film and TV and the theater. In 1967, she earned her second Tony Award for the 20s costumes for the musical "Cabaret" and branched out into features with Mike Nichols' "The Graduate". Among the more notable musicals and plays she graced with her craftsmanship were "1776" (1969, as well as the 1972 film adaptation), "Pippin" (1972), the original 1975 production of "Chicago", "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984, with Ann Hould-Ward) and the 1986 revival of "Sweet Charity". Some of her most impressive work was found in the short-lived "Shogun: The Musical" (1991), for which she designed more than 300 individual costumes. Among her final credits were the 1993 revival of "My Fair Lady" and the 1995 Off-Broadway hit play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile".

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Raised in Chicago, Illinois
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Began career as apprentice with such notable designers as Boris Aronson, Rouben ter-Arutunian and Irene Sharaff
1957:
Broadway debut as costume designer, "The Potting Shed"
1958:
Created the costumes for the premiere of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
1961:
Designs for "The Blacks" caught attention of Jerome Robbins who hired Zipprodt for his stage directorial debut, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad" (1962)
1962:
First costumes for opera, "La Boheme" at the Boston Opera Company
1964:
Received first Tony Award for the costumes for the long-running "Fiddler on the Roof"; produced by Harold Prince and directed by Robbins
1965:
Worked at the National Ballet of Washington, DC crafting the costumes for "La Sonnamnbula"
1966:
Created the costumes for the Prince-directed Broadway musical "Cabaret"; received second Tony Award
1967:
Feature debut as costume designer, "The Graduate"
1969:
Designed the clothing for the acclaimed stage musical "1776"
1969:
Received third Tony Award nomination for "Zorba", directed by Harold Prince
1972:
Collaborated with Bob Fosse, designing the costumes for "Pippin"; earned fourth Tony nomination
1972:
Recreated her costumes for the film adaptation of "1776"
1973:
Created the costumes for the ABC adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", starring Katharine Hepburn
1974:
Designed the costumes for the stage musical biography "Mack and Mabel"; earned fifth Tony nomination
1975:
Received sixth Tony nomination for "Chicago", directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse
1977:
Created the costumes for the Metropolitan Opera production of "Tannhauser"; recreated for a 1983 telecast on PBS
1978:
Received praise for her designs for the ill-fated musical adaptation of the cult film "King of Hearts"
1983:
Garnered her seventh Tony Award nomination for "Alice in Wonderland"
1983:
With Ann Hould-Ward, designed the period and contemporary costumes for the award-winning "Sunday in the Park with George"; shared a Tony nomination
1986:
Worked on two productions directed by Bob Fosse: "Big Deal" and the revival of "Sweet Charity; won third Tony Award for the latter
1986:
Recreated her stage designs for the Showtime adaptation of "Sunday in the Park with George"
1991:
Received 10th and final Tony nomination for "Shogun: the Musical"
1993:
Designed the costumes for the revival of "My Fair Lady", starring Richard Chamberlain
1995:
Final stage credit, the costumes for the Off-Broadway hit "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
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Education

Art Students League of New York: New York , New York -
Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1935 - 1939
Wellesley College: Wellesley , Massachusetts - 1946
Fashion Institute of Technology: New York , New York - 1952 - 1953

Notes

Inducted into the Theatrical Hall of Fame in 1992

Zipprodt taught and lectured extensively at various colleges and schools including Yale School of Drama, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Pratt Institute, New York University and Northwestern University.

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husband:
Robert O'Brien. US Army cavalryman. Achieved rank of lieutenant colonel; proposed to Zipprodt in 1947; she declined, so he married another; after becoming a widower, reunited with her and married from June 5, 1993 until his death in 1998.

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father:
Herbert Edward Zipprodt. Advertising executive.
mother:
Agnes Irene Zipprodt.
sister:
Constance Zonka. Younger.

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