Four Legendary Ladies to Enter ADG Hall of Fame

Four legendary women will be inducted into the– Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards (Jan. 31, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel): production designer Carmen Dillon, production and costume designer Patricia Norris, art director and set designer Dorothea Holt Redmond, and illustrator Dianne Wager.

Dillon (1908-2000) made history in 1949 when she became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration (Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet). She helped innovate flattened perspectives and also worked on Olivier’s Henry V and Richard III as well as The Importance of Being Earnest, among others.

Norris (1931-2015) is one of the few dual designers and the only artist to be honored with Life Achievement Awards from both guilds. She costume designed 12 Years a Slave, Wild at HeartScarface, The Elephant Man, and Days of Heaven, and production designed The Singing Detective remake and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Holt Redmond (1910 – 2009) made history in 1938 when she became the first woman to break into the male-dominated field of production design, hired by David O. Selznick, working on Gone with the Wind. She illustrated seven Alfred Hitchcock films, often infusing them with Expressionism, including Rebecca,  Shadow of a DoubtRear Window, and To Catch a Thief. For Walt Disney, she worked on the Disneyland Dream Suite, New Orleans Square, and the mosaic murals at Cinderella Castle.

Wager contributed to more than 40 films, including The Hunt for Red OctoberCrimson TideThe Green Mile, Jurassic Park III, and Pleasantville.




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