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Also Known As: Edith Posener Died: October 24, 1981
Born: October 28, 1897 Cause of Death: myelofibrosis of the bone marrow
Birth Place: San Bernardino, California, USA Profession: costume designer, teacher

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With 35 Academy Award nominations, eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head emerged from Hollywood's fitting rooms to become a household name. One of the film industry's pioneering professional women, she became a major American fashion force, designing for Vogue patterns and airlines as well. Her ability to shape each gown to a character or image made her as popular with film directors as with the glamour girls she dressed in both their private lives and screen roles. Yet the image she devoted the most work to was her own. Her friendly frankness led to regular appearances on Art Linkletter's daytime television show in the 1950s, offering advice to the un-chic.

With 35 Academy Award nominations, eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head emerged from Hollywood's fitting rooms to become a household name. One of the film industry's pioneering professional women, she became a major American fashion force, designing for Vogue patterns and airlines as well. Her ability to shape each gown to a character or image made her as popular with film directors as with the glamour girls she dressed in both their private lives and screen roles. Yet the image she devoted the most work to was her own. Her friendly frankness led to regular appearances on Art Linkletter's daytime television show in the 1950s, offering advice to the un-chic.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Oscar (1966)
2.
 The Pleasure of His Company (1961) Dress designer
3.
4.
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Taught French at the Hollywood School for Girls
1923:
Bluffed her way into the Paramount wardrobe department
1938:
Became head of Paramount's costume design department
1967:
Moved to Universal after her contract expired and was not renewed at Paramount
:
Wrote syndicated column "How Do You Look?"
1982:
Final feature credit, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Stanford University: Stanford , California -
Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California - 1917

Notes

There is a website devoted to the designer at www.edithhead.com

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husband:
Charles Head. Salesman. Married c. 1923; divorced in 1938.
husband:
Wiard Ihnen. Architect, art director. Married on September 8, 1940; died on June 22, 1979 of bone cancer at the age of 91.

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father:
Max Posener. Merchant.
mother:
Anna Levy.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Dress Doctor" Little, Brown
"How to Dress for Success" Random House
"Edith Head's Hollywood" Dutton

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