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.

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • Cara Delevingne'Carnival Row' TV show premiere,

    Cara Delevingne Talks Immigration, Taylor Swift's Battle With Scooter Braun

    Cara Delevingne, whose faerie character in “Carnival Row” finds herself washed ashore as a refugee in a foreign land, said she was immediately drawn by the show’s fantastical take on issues of immigration and assimilation. “It’s a cause that I have been involved in for a long time,” Delevingne told Variety at the premiere of [...]

  • John Travolta, Fred Durst. John Travolta,

    John Travolta Recalls Fans Breaking Into His House: 'I Was Scared the First Time'

    Nobody can accuse John Travolta of not being gracious to his fans, whether it’s an autograph, a selfie or, you know, a home invasion or two. “I’ve only had two people that actually invaded my house,” Travolta told Variety at the premiere of “The Fanatic” at the Egyptian Theater on Thursday night. “They were just [...]

  • Sublime Primetime

    How Emmy-Nominated Writers’ Rooms Keep Politics in Mind

    In a world filled with elections, social movements and national tragedies, how open should the doors of a writers’ room actually be? For some of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows, those doors are wide open. Before the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sept. 22, the Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild Foundation, [...]

  • 50 Cent Power S6 Premiere

    50 Cent, Snoop Dogg & Trey Songz 'Power' Up New York City for Massive Season 6 Premiere

    “Power” is entering its final season, but you would never know if you walked by Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Starz pulled out all the stops for its ratings powerhouse “Power,” throwing a massive premiere event, complete with a full-length concert at Madison Square Garden from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and a [...]

  • Diane Warren'Late Night' Film Premiere, Arrivals,

    Songs of Hope to Honor Diane Warren, Marc Shaiman, Boi-1da, More at 15th Annual Event

    Cancer research and treatment center City of Hope today announced the initial lineup of presenters and honorees who will celebrate the song and songwriter at its 15th annual Songs of Hope event. Among the music and entertainment industry VIPs in attendance will be veteran executive and producer Clive Davis, producer Boi-1da (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), award-winning [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content