Costume designer Noel Taylor dies

He won an Emmy for PBS 'Paul Muni Story'

Noel Taylor, who designed costumes for “Actor: The Paul Muni Story” and “The Teahouse of the August Moon” on Broadway, died Thursday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 97.

Taylor won an Emmy for 1978 PBS’ telepic “Actor: The Paul Muni Story.” Additionally he was Emmy-nommed for telepics “The Magnificent Yankee” in 1965, 1982’s “Eleanor, First Lady of the World” and 1994’s “Ironclads.” He also received the Costume Designers Guild award for career achievement in 2004.

Taylor started out with ambitions of being an actor and made his debut in 1932’s “Reunion in Vienna” and starred on Broadway in 1935’s “Cross Ruff,” which he penned.

He also trained as a painter and turned to costume design after artist Marc Chagall asked him to help paint costumes in the late 1940s for a New York City Ballet production of “The Firebird.”

In a showbiz career spanning seven decades, he worked on 35 TV and film titles, including “Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry” and “The Legend of the Lone Ranger.”

Besides 1956’s “Teahouse of the August Moon,” his Broadway credits include 1958’s “Auntie Mame,” 1972’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and 1977’s “The Night of the Iguana.” His last Broadway play was 1998’s “The Sunshine Boys.”

Taylor had no immediate survivors.

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