- Jeakins, Dorothy
- Call number
- *T-Vim 2010-053
- Physical description
- 2 boxes (66 drawings, 1 photograph)
- Preferred Citation
- Dorothy Jeakins costume designs, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Stage, screen and television costume designer, Dorothy Jeakins (1914-1995) was born in San Diego, California. She won a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute, worked for the WPA and Walt Disney Studios. She designed costumes for dozens of films, winning three Academy Awards for Joan of Arc, 1948, starring Ingrid Bergman and directed by Victor Fleming; Samson and Delilah, 1949, starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr; and The night of the iguana, 1964, starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. She died at the age of 81 at a nursing home in Santa Barbara, California. 66 original color and black and white costume designs (most with swatches) for theatrical productions, by costume designer Dorothy Jeakins, of King Lear by William Shakespeare for the Theatre Group at UCLA, 1964; Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw at the Martin Beck Theatre, 1956; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare for the American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Connecticut, 1959; and Winesburg, Ohio by Christopher Sergel, based on Sherwood Anderson's book, at the National Theatre, 1958. There is also 1 photograph of a costume design for Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet.
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498