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Finding Aid for the Robert Luthardt Papers, ca. 1900-1978, bulk 1960-1975
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Description
Robert Luthardt (1917-1977) was an art director and production designer for the motion picture and television industries, and a designer of restaurants and private residences. The collection consists of production files containing photographic and other research materials, plans for many of his set designs, and materials related to his work on commercial and residential interiors.
Background
Robert Luthardt was born on March 3, 1917. A native of Chicago, Luthardt became an art director and production designer for the motion picture and television industries. He trained under French-Hungarian art director Alexander Trauner and assisted him on several Billy Wilder productions, including The Apartment and Irma La Douce. Other credits included Funny Girl, The April Fools, Carnal Knowledge, Hearts of the West, Lipstick, Kiss Me, Stupid and The Cheap Detective. He was nominated for an Oscar at the 1966 Academy Awards for his work on The Fortune Cookie. In addition, Luthardt became the art director for several long-running television shows and was a charter member of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Art Directors; he also designed several restaurants and interiors, including projects for Billy Wilder. He died on October 1, 1977.
Extent
51 boxes (25.5 linear ft.) 4 cartons (4 linear ft.) 10 oversize boxes
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.