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The collection consists primarily of script material; wardrobe plots, many with fabric swatches attached; and costume design drawings.
Marjorie Best (1903-1997) was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, and later moved to Bloomington, Illinois. After graduating from high school in nearby Normal, Best moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. Her first job as a designer was with the Western Costume Company, circa 1926, followed in the 1930s by United Costumers, Inc. In 1947, after Warner Bros. bought out United Costumers, she was offered a job in the wardrobe department and went on to become one of the studio's top costume designers, specializing in men's costumes and period films. Best won an Academy Award for costume design (color) for THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1949). She also received nominations for GIANT (1956), SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960), and THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965).
3.8 linear ft. of papers 329 item(s) of artworks
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