Illustrator and designer and Dorothea Holt Redmond, who helped Alfred Hitchcock visually conceptualize many of his films, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 29 in Hollywood. She was 98.
Starting in the industry at David O. Selznick’s studio, she became the female to work in the production design field, where she worked closely with art directors to create the look of films through detailed illustrations.
She worked with Hitchcock on drawings for films including “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Rebecca,” “Rear Window,” “To Catch a Thief” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” She also worked illustrations for films such as “Gone with the Wind,” “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Funny Face,” “Sabrina” and “White Christmas.”
Working for Walt Disney in the 1960s, she designed a private apartment above New Orleans Square in Disneyland, where visitors may now stay overnight. She also designed several restaurants and shops in New Orleans Square and the mosaics for Cinderella’s castle.
Born in Los Angeles, she studied architecture and graduated USC and then received a degree in illustration from what is now Art Center College of Design, where she later taught. She married producer Harry Redmond, whom she met at Selznick’s studio. Before joining Disney in 1964, she worked for architects William Pereira and Charles Luckman, where she rendered and illustrated buildings such as the restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport and the L.A. County Art Museum.
Last year, her illustrations for several Hitchcock films were documented in an exhibit at the Motion Picture Academy, and she was also named a Disney Legend.
She is survived by a her husband of 69 years, a daughter, a son, three granddaughters and three great-grandsons. Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.