Theoni V. Aldredge

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Theoni V. Aldredge (August 22, 1922[1] – January 21, 2011) was a Greek-American stage and screen costume designer.

Born Theoni Athanasiou Vachlioti in Thessaloniki in 1922,[2] Aldredge received her training at the American School in Athens. She emigrated to the United States in 1949 and attended the Goodman Theatre at DePaul University, Chicago, on a scholarship. Her first Broadway theatre assignment was in 1959, designing the wardrobe for Geraldine Page in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth; her most recent was the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line. For twenty years, she was the principal designer for producer Joseph Papp and also designed several musicals for Michael Bennett.[3]

She sometimes was credited as Denny Vachlioti.

Awards[edit]

One of the most honored costume designers of the American theatre, Aldredge received three Tony Awards (for Annie, Barnum, and La Cage aux Folles), as well as 11 other Tony nominations, including such iconic productions as A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, and Dreamgirls. She received numerous honors from the Drama Desk awards and other theatrical groups. In 2002, she received the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award from the Theatre Development Fund.[citation needed]

Aldredge worked extensively in film and television as well. Her productions included Network, Eyes of Laura Mars, and Rich and Famous. She received the Oscar and a British Academy Award for The Great Gatsby in 1974. Her designs for the film were adapted for a clothing line sold exclusively by Bloomingdale's in Manhattan.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

She was the wife of American actor Tom Aldredge from 1953 until her death on January 21, 2011, aged 88, in a Stamford, Connecticut hospital.[2][3] He died on July 22, 2011, aged 83, from lymphoma, six months and one day after his wife's death.

Productions[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2001 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Follies, nominee)
  • 1991 Tony Award Best Costume Design (The Secret Garden, nominee)
  • 1990 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Gypsy, nominee)
  • 1984 Tony Award Best Costume Design (La Cage aux Folles, winner)
  • 1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (La Cage aux Folles, winner)
  • 1982 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Dreamgirls, nominee)
  • 1982 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Dreamgirls, nominee)
  • 1981 Tony Award Best Costume Design (42nd Street, nominee)
  • 1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (42nd Street, winner)
  • 1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Onward Victoria, nominee)
  • 1980 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Barnum, winner)
  • 1979 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Ballroom, nominee)
  • 1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Ballroom, nominee)
  • 1977 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Annie, winner)
  • 1977 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Threepenny Opera, nominee)
  • 1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Annie, winner)
  • 1976 Tony Award Best Costume Design (A Chorus Line, nominee)
  • 1976 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Trelawny of the Wells, nominee)
  • 1974 Tony Award Best Costume Design (The Au Pair Man, nominee)
  • 1974 Academy Award Outstanding Costume Design (The Great Gatsby, winner)
  • 1974 British Academy Award (BAFTA) Outstanding Costume Design (The Great Gatsby, winner)
  • 1973 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Much Ado About Nothing, nominee)
  • 1973 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Much Ado About Nothing, winner)
  • 1972 Tony Award Best Costume Design (Two Gentlemen of Verona, nominee)
  • 1972 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Two Gentlemen of Verona, winner)
  • 1970 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design (Peer Gynt, winner)
  • 1962 Academy Award Best Costumes-Black and White (Phaedra), Nominee}
  • 1961 Tony Award Best Costume Design (The Devil's Advocate, nominee)
  • 1960 Academy Award Best Costume Design Black and White (Never on Sunday, nominee)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Born in 1922 per Social Security Death Index under name Theoni Aldredge
  2. ^ a b c d Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "ALDREDGE, Theoni V.". Who's Who in the Theatre 1. Gale Research Company. pp. 8–9. ISSN 0083-9833. 
  3. ^ a b Simonson, Robert and Jones, Kenneth. Theoni Aldredge obituary at playbill.com, giving age at death as 88, January 21, 2011

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