With over 150 stage productions, numerous ballets and several films to her credit, Theoni V. Aldredge ranked as one of the most prolific and successful costume designers of the late 20th Century. Born...
Did the costumes for the NBC miniseries "Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder"
Created the costumes for the musical "I Can Get It for You Wholesale"
Clothed Cher and the rest of the cast of the award-winning comedy "Moonstruck"
Received two Tony nominations for costumes for the musicals "The Threepenny Opera" and "Annie"; won first Tony for the latter in a tie with Santo Loquasto ("The Cherry Orchard")
First credit as costume designer, "The Distaff Side" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago
Garnered second Tony nomination for the musical version of "Two Gentleman of Verona"
Earned first Tony Award nomination for "The Devil's Advocate"
Created the costumes for the landmark American musical "A Chorus Line"; received fifth Tony Award nomination
Crafted the period designs for the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Jessica Lange
Designed the costumes for the revival of "Follies"; netted a Tony nomination
First association with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, designed clothing for "Much Ado About Nothing"
Designed the clothing for "The Rage: Carrie 2"
Was designer for Jessica Lange's wardrobe in "Night and the City"
Was costume designer for the ABC variety special "Baryshnikov on Broadway"
Revised and redesigned her award-winning stage clothing for the John Huston-directed film version of "Annie"
Won second Tony Award for costumes for the musical "Barnum"
Designed the costumes for the musical "Ballroom"; earned another Tony nomination
Created the clothing for "The First Wives Club" and designed the costumes for the Barbra Streisand-directed "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
Was the costume designer for the contemporary musical feature "The Rose"
Did the costumes for the revival of "The Time of the Cuckoo"
Designed the period garb for the remake of "The Champ," featuring Dunaway and Jon Voight
Earned fourth Tony nomination for the stage play "The Au Pair Man"
Created the period clothes for a revival of "Blithe Spirit," which marked the last stage appearance of Geraldine Page
Designed the costumes for the feature "No Way to Treat a Lady"
Created the period look for the musical version of "The Secret Garden; received 14th Tony nomination
Won an Academy Award for the lavish, exquisitely detailed 1920s clothing of "The Great Gatsby"
Designed the contemporary clothes for the stage comedy "Cactus Flower"
Designed the costumes for the revival of "Gypsy"; received a Tony nomination
Did the costumes for the Broadway production of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"
Created the period costumes for the Broadway revival of "Three Sisters"
Film debut as costume designer, "Girl of the Night"
Crafted the contemporary clothing for the stage musical "Hair"
Created the costumes for the Off-Broadway musical revue "Putting It Together," which marked Julie Andrews' return to the NYC stage
Picked up third Tony Award for the lavish clothing in the musical "La Cage aux Folles"
Created the costumes for the Broadway revival of "Gore Vidal's The Best Man"
Created the Edwardian period costumes for an acclaimed production of "Much Ado About Nothing"; production originated at the NYSF but later transferred to Broadway; received a Tony nomination
Did the period clothes for the romance "Racing With the Moon" and the contemporary comedy "Ghostbusters"
Designed the costumes for the musical "Dreamgirls"; received a Tony nomination
Moved to the United States to study design
Designed the costumes for the feature "Network"
Crafted the witty costumes for the feature comedy spoof "The Cheap Detective"
First major Broadway credit, designed Geraldine Page's costumes for "Sweet Bird of Youth"
Designed the costumes for the loopy disco-themed film "Can't Stop the Music"
Created the clothing for "Hotel Suite"
Created the 1940s clothes for the stage musical "42nd Street"; garnered 10th Tony nomination
Did the witty costumes for "Addams Family Values"
With over 150 stage productions, numerous ballets and several films to her credit, Theoni V. Aldredge ranked as one of the most prolific and successful costume designers of the late 20th Century. Born and raised in Greece, Aldredge was inspired to become a costumer after seeing the film version of "Caesar and Cleopatra" in 1946. Moving to America, she trained at the Goodman Theatre School where she made her debut with 1950's "The Distaff Side." In 1953, she married actor Tom Aldredge and the couple settled in New York City. After debuting in films with "Girl of the Night" (1960), Aldredge began her long association as a resident designer at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival with a 1961 production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Over the next three decades at the NYSF, she crafted the appropriate clothing for many Shakespearean productions (the acclaimed Edwardian-set "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1973), revivals ("Threepenny Opera," 1977), and landmark musicals ("Hair," 1967 and "A Chorus Line," 1975).<p>In 1974, producer David Merrick tapped Aldredge to create the lavishly beautiful 1920s-era wardrobe for the film version of "The Great Gatsby." While the film itself was dramatically inert, no one faulted the look of the film. Douglas Slocombe's pristine cinematography captured Aldredge's ravishing designs and the Academy took note by bestowing her with that year's Best Costume Design Oscar. Three years later, Broadway finally honored Aldredge for her stage work, presenting her with the 1977 Tony Award for her witty 1930s wardrobe featured in the musical "Annie." She continued to craft extraordinary designs for several of Broadway's most popular shows, including "Barnum" (1980), "42nd Street" (1981), "Dreamgirls" (1982), "La Cage aux Folles" (1984) and "The Secret Garden" (1991). Onscreen, Aldredge dressed Faye Dunaway and her co-stars in such films as "Network" (1976), "Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978) and "The Champ" (1979). John Huston tapped her to revisit her award-winning designs for the disappointing film version of "Annie" (1982), although her work was stellar. Cher wore clothing designed by Aldredge in her Oscar-winning turn in "Moonstruck" (1987) as did Jessica Lange in "Night and the City" (1992) and the 1995 CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire." As the new millennium approached, Aldredge remained active, still dividing her time between films like "The Rage: Carrie 2" (1999) and stage productions such as the revival of "Gore Vidal's The Best Man" (2000). After a lifetime of creating stunning costumes for all manner of medium and genre, Aldredge passed away on January 21, 2011.
Married on December 10, 1953
Served as the surgeon general of Greece and as a member of the Greek parliament