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01/21/2011

Theoni V. Aldredge, Tony- and Oscar-winning costume designer, dies at 78

January 21, 2011 | 11:27 am

Gatsby Theoni V. Aldredge, an award-winning costume designer who created memorable outfits for more than 300 stage and film projects, including "Gypsy," "A Chorus Line," "Dreamgirls" and "42nd Street," has died. She was 78.

Aldredge died Friday at a hospice in Connecticut, said her husband, actor Tom Aldredge.

She won three Tonys, for "Annie," "Barnum" and "La Cage aux Folles," and an Oscar in 1975 for designing costumes for "The Great Gatsby," starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Aldredge, known for her ability to go from Las Vegas stage shows to opera, and to create everything from Elizabethan period costumes to contemporary street fashion, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

She was the principal designer for Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival for many years.

-- Associated Press

Credit: Mia Farrow as Daisy and Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby in costumes Theoni V. Aldredge designed for the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby." Credit: Paramount Pictures

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