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DOROTHY JEAKINS

Dorothy Jeakins, Academy Award-winning costume designer for “Joan of Arc” and “The Night of the Iguana,” died Nov. 21 of complications related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease at a residential care home in Santa Barbara. She was 81.

Jeakins began her career as an artist, training at Otis Art Institute as a specialist in line drawing and working at Walt Disney Studios as a cel painter on animated shorts.

She later moved on to costume design on Broadway and in Hollywood. She earned the Academy’s first Oscar for costume design in 1948, for outfitting Ingrid Bergman as the legendary French warrior in “Joan of Arc.”

Jeakins shared a second Oscar with Edith Head for the costumes of Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr and others in the 1949 biblical film “Samson and Delilah.”

She received a third Oscar in 1964 for costuming Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner in the John Huston classic “Night of the Iguana,” based on Tennessee Williams’ play.

Jeakins’ costumes were seen in such films as “Friendly Persuasion,” “The Greatest Show on Earth” and “Niagara,” all in 1952, as well as “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “South Pacific” (1958), “Let’s Make Love” (1960) and “The Music Man” (1962).

Additional film credits include “The Best Man” (1964), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “Hawaii” (1966), “Finian’s Rainbow”(1968), “True Grit” (1969), “Little Big Man” (1970), “The Way We Were”(1973), “Young Frankenstein” (1974), “Audrey Rose” (1977), “North Dallas Forty” (1979) and 1981’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and “On Golden Pond.”

She is survived by two sons.

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