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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Broadway To Dim Its Lights Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 7pm In Memory of Three-Time Tony Award-Winning Stage and Film Costume Designer Theoni V. Aldredge
January 22, 2011
The Broadway community mourns the loss of illustrious costume designer Theoni Aldredge who died yesterday at age 78. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Tuesday, January 25th, at exactly 7:00pm for one minute.
Ms. Aldredge won Tony Awards® for Best Costume Design for the original Broadway productions of Annie, Barnum and La Cage aux Folles . She was Tony-nominated 15 times, and created memorable costumes for over 100 shows including legendary musicals A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, 42nd Street, and Gypsy.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, “Nominated for 15 Tony Awards, Theoni Aldredge created iconic costumes that are associated with shows and pop culture spanning the last five decades. I have a photo hanging in my office of A Chorus Line featuring her costumes that inspires me every day.”
Ms. Aldredge's first Broadway assignment was designing costumes for Geraldine Page in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth in 1959; her most recent was the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.
The prolific designer created costumes for over 300 stage and film projects, and won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for “The Great Gatsby,” as well at the British Academy Award.
Ms. Aldredge is survived by actor Tom Aldredge. She was born in Athens, Greece, and died in Stamford, Connecticut.