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Name  Alexander Golitzen

Role  Production Designer
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Died  July 26, 2005, San Diego, California, United States
Spouse  Frances Kathryn Peters (m. 1933–2005)
Children  Peter Golitzen, Cynthia Golitzen
Awards  Academy Award for Best Production Design
Art directed  To Kill a Mockingbird, Foreign Correspondent
Similar People  Henry Bumstead, Russell Metty, Clifford Stine, Robert F Boyle

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Lawrence of Arabia" winning Art Direction Oscars®


Prince Alexander Golitzen (Golitsyn), (Moscow, February 28, 1908 – San Diego, July 26, 2005) was Russian born production designer who oversaw art direction on more than 300 movies.

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Born in Moscow in the princely Golitsyn family, Alexander Golitzen fled the country with his parents during the Russian Revolution. Travelling via Siberia and China, they arrived in Seattle, where Alexander graduated from high school. He then attended the University of Washington, where he achieved a degree in architecture.

He started his art direction career in Los Angeles, as an assistant to Alexander Toluboff, an art director for MGM. He started working with Walter Wanger (a producer) in 1939 and they worked together for many movies. Starting in 1942, and continuing for the next 30 years, he became a unit art director, and later a supervising art director at Universal, overseeing dozens of productions.

Alexander Golitzen earned an Academy Award nomination for Foreign Correspondent (1940), and received three Oscars for Phantom of the Opera in 1943, Spartacus in 1960 and To Kill a Mockingbird in 1962.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Sundown (1941), Arabian Nights (1942), The Climax (1944), Flower Drum Song (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), Gambit (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Sweet Charity (1969), Airport (1970), and Earthquake (1974). He served on the Academy's board of directors for several years.

Alexander was married for 72 years to Frances, née Peters, who survived him. They had a daughter Cynthia, a son Peter, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

References

Alexander Golitzen Wikipedia


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