Lucinda Ballard (April 3, 1906 – August 19, 1993) was an American costume designer who worked primarily in Broadway theatre.
Born Lucinda Davis Goldsborough in
New Orleans, Louisiana, Ballard studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Her first professional credits was as the scenic and costume designer for a 1937 production of . In 1945, she won the Donaldson Award for the costumes she designed for As You Like It . I Remember Mama Two years later she was the first person to win the [1 ] Tony Award for Best Costume Design, an acknowledgement of her contributions to , Another Part of the Forest , and Street Scene , among others. Her second Tony was for the 1961 The Chocolate Soldier musical . Additional theatre credits include The Gay Life , Annie Get Your Gun , Allegro , A Streetcar Named Desire , Flahooley , The Fourposter , Carnival in Flanders , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , and Orpheus Descending . The Sound of Music
Ballard designed only two films,
and the 1951 screen adaptation of Portrait of Jennie , for which she was nominated for the A Streetcar Named Desire Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
Ballard and her first husband, William Fitz Randolph Ballard, divorced in 1938 after eight years of marriage. They had two children, Robert F. R. Ballard (b. 1933) and Lucinda Jenifer Ballard Ramberg (1934-1989). In 1951, she married lyricist
Howard Dietz, and the couple resided in Sands Point, New York until his death in 1983.
Ballard died of
cancer at the age of 87 in New York City.
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