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Irene Sharaff

Irene Sharaff, 83, Oscar-winning costume designer whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Aug. 16 in New York of congestive heart failure.

Sharaff, a Manhattan resident, had suffered from emphysema, according to her friend and lawyer, Jean B. Angell.

Sharaff designed clothes for more than 40 films, including “Funny Girl” and “Flower Drum Song,” and 60 Broadway productions, including “As Thousands Cheer, “”Lady in the Dark,””A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “Idiot’s Delight.” Sometimes she also designed the sets.

She received 15 Academy Award nominations for her work, and won Oscars for “An American in Paris,””The King and I,””West Side Story,””Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

For her stage work, she won two Donaldson awards and a Tony for “The King and I.”

Her last Broadway show was “Jerome Robbins’s Broadway,” a 1989 musical that won six Tonys.

Sharaff first received recognition in 1932 as a designer of scenery and costumes for Eva Le Gallienne’s “Alice in Wonderland.” She later designed sets and costumes for Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet.

Sharaff was born in Boston and studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, the Arts Students League and the Grande Chaumiere in Paris.

She also did fashion illustrations for American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines.

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