Ruth Morley

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Ruth Morley
Born Ruth Miriam Birnholz
(1925-11-19)November 19, 1925
Vienna, Austria
Died February 12, 1991(1991-02-12) (aged 65)
Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Cause of death Breast cancer
Occupation Costume Designer
Years active 1951-1991
Children Melissa Hacker and Emily Hacker

Ruth Morley (November 19, 1925- February 12, 1991) was an Austrian-born American costume designer, active from the late 1950s through 1991.[1] She was nominated for Best Costumes-Black and White for her work on The Miracle Worker during the 35th Academy Awards.[2] She is also well known for her work on Annie Hall.[1]

Ms. Morley's stage work began in 1951, with "Billy Bud." Other Broadway productions included "Death of a Salesman," starring Dustin Hoffman, as well as "A Thousand Clowns," "Toys in the Attic," "Inherit the Wind," "Take a Giant Step," and "The Good Soldier Schweik." In 1951 and 1952 she was costume director for the New York City Opera.[3]

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Ruth Morley, née Birnholz, was born in Vienna, Austria, and escaped shortly before the outbreak of World War II on a Kindertransport She is survived by her 2 daughters, Melissa Hacker who is a filmmaker and editor, and Emily Hacker who is an actress and Adult Learning and Development consultant, and her granddaughter, Olivia Hacker-Keating.

She died at the age of 65 of breast cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Morley papers". Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "The 35th Academy Awards (1963) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Ruth Morley Is Dead; Costume Designer, 65". Retrieved March 22, 2014. 

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