Florence Klotz

Costume designer

Florence Klotz, six-time Tony-winning costume designer, died Nov. 1 in Manhattan of heart failure. She was 86.

Known as Flossie to friends, she was born Kathrina E. Klotz in Brooklyn. In a career in the theater that spanned more than four decades, Klotz worked on 60 Broadway productions. Her first was as an assistant to Irene Sharaff on the original production of “The King and I” in 1951.

Klotz won the first of her six Tonys for costume design in 1972 for “Follies.” This was followed in 1973 by “A Little Night Music” and in 1976 by “Pacific Overtures.” She won again for “Grind” in 1985, for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1993 and for the 1995 Hal Prince revival of “Show Boat,” for which she designed 585 costumes.

Klotz also was nominated for an Academy Award in 1977 for the film adaptation of “A Little Night Music” starring Elizabeth Taylor. (She also designed Taylor’s wedding ensemble for her marriage to Senator John Warner and for the Broadway production of “The Little Foxes” in which she starred.)

Among her other notable Broadway credits were costumes for “On the Twentieth Century,” “City of Angels,” “Side By Side By Sondheim” and “Jerry’s Girls.”

Donations may be made in Klotz’s name to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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