Ruth Morley

Ruth Morley, 65, costume designer who worked in theater and films, died Feb. 12 in New York of breast cancer.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for “The Miracle Worker,” and her costumes for “Annie Hall” sparked a fashion trend in 1977.

Born in Vienna, Morley immigrated to the United States during World War II. Her first Broadway production was “Billy Budd” in 1951. During the same year, she was costume director at City Center Opera. Other theater credits include “The Fantasticks,” “Inherit The Wind,” “Take A Giant Step,” “A Thousand Clowns” and “Toys In The Attic.”

Morley designed costumes for a number of Hollywood stars, from Katharine Hepburn to Dustin Hoffman. Her work can be seen in films such as “The Chosen,” “Hammett,” “I Ought To Be In Pictures,” “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” “Taxi Driver” and “Tootsie.”

Most recently, she did the costumes for the hit film “Ghost” and the upcoming Barbra Streisand production “The Prince Of Tides.”

Survived by two daughters, Melissa Hacker, a film director and editor who is working on a documentary about her mother’s experiences during World War II, and Emily Hacker, an actress and director.

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