Dorothy Jeakins

Costume designer, Set designer, Artist
This three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer got her start working on WPA projects and as a Disney artist in the 1930s. Her fashion career began as a designer at I. Magnin's, where she was spotted by director ... Read more »
Born: 01/11/1914 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (43)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Audrey Rose 1977 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Audrey Rose 1977 (Movie)

(Wardrobe)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Way We Were 1973 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

Wardrobe Design (Wardrobe)

The Iceman Cometh 1972 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

True Grit 1969 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Fixer 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Any Wednesday 1966 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Fool Killer 1964 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Night of the Iguana 1964 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

(Costume Supervisor)

All Fall Down 1962 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Desire Under the Elms 1958 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Friendly Persuasion 1956 (Movie)

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Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

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Niagara 1953 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

White Witch Doctor 1953 (Movie)

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My Cousin Rachel (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Stars and Stripes Forever (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Actor (1)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Hepzibah Hale (Actor)

Biography

This three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer got her start working on WPA projects and as a Disney artist in the 1930s. Her fashion career began as a designer at I. Magnin's, where she was spotted by director Victor Fleming. Hired as a sketch artist for "Joan of Arc" (1948), Jeakins soon replaced costume designer Karinska and won an Oscar--the first awarded to a costume designer--for her medieval designs.

Relationships

Peter Dannenbaum

Son

Raymond Dane

Husband
married in 1940 divorced in 1946

Stephen Dannenbaum

Son
born in 1941

Sophie-Marie Kempf

Mother

Anthony Perkins Actor

Companion

George Willett

Father

Allan Willett

Brother
survived her

Jessica Willett

Sister
born in 1912

EDUCATION

Art Students League

Los Angeles , California 1935

Milestones

1987

Final feature credit, John Huston's "The Dead"

1968

Named curator of costumes and textiles at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1950

Stage debut as costume designer, "Affairs of State"

1948

Feature debut as costume designer "Joan of Arc"

1944

Moved to New York to pursue career as costume designer (date approximate)

1938

First feature credit, as assistant to designer, on "Dr. Rhythm"

1935

Worked on WPA Federal Art Project

Worked as cel painter at Walt Disney Studios

Bonus Trivia

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She was kidnapped by her father at age five and put into foster homes. She was never reunited with her mother, a dress designer.

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Received an honorary doctorate from Otis Art Institute of the Parson School of Design

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Received a Guggenheim Fellowship that took her to Japan for one year to study costumes of the Japanese theater in 1962.

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Jeakins received two Tony Award nominations for her costumes for "Major Barbara" and "Too Late the Phalarope" in 1957 and "The World of Suzi Wong" in 1959

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