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Costumer Donfeld dies at 72

Oscar nominee worked on 'Horses,' 'Prizzi'

Oscar-nommed costume designer Donfeld died Feb. 3 in Temple City, Calif. He was 72.

Donfeld, born Donald Lee Feld, was Oscar nommed for his costumes for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “Prizzi’s Honor.” Donfeld worked with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis in “The Great Race” and Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson in “Prizzi’s Honor.”

His other credits include “Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” for which he received an Oscar nom.

He also designed costumes for television and received an Emmy nomination in 1978 for his work on several episodes of “Wonder Woman.”

Born in Los Angeles, Donfeld attended Chouinard Art Institute before going to work at Capitol Records where he designed album cover art as a 19-year-old.

Because his last name was often misspelled, he changed it. One of his first jobs in the late 1950s was creating costumes for Academy Award show production numbers.

He is survived by his brother, Richard.

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