Josie MacAvin

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Josie MacAvin
Born Josephine MacAvin
Died 26 January 2005(2005-01-26) (aged 85–86)
Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Set decorator
Years active 1959–2002
MacAvin's gravestone, Glasnevin Cemetery
MacAvin's Oscar and Emmy, displayed at the IFI.

Josephine "Josie" MacAvin (1919 – 26 January 2005) was an Irish set decorator and art director. She won an Academy Award and was nominated two more times in the category Best Art Direction.[1] She also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special for her work as set dresser on the miniseries Scarlett (1994). MacAvin's Oscar and Emmy statuettes are both on permanent display at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.


MacAvin's work spanned six decades, beginning her film career as set decorator with Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), filmed in Dublin and at Ardmore Studios, Bray.

Selected filmography[edit]

MacAvin won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and was nominated for two more:


Personal life[edit]

MacAvin was the daughter of John Patrick MacAvin[2] (1881/82–1938) and Mollie MacAvin (née Callaghan; d. 1992). Upon her death, Josie left an estate worth 2,616,230.[3]


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