Theoni V Aldredge
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).