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Edwin B Willis

Cause of death  Cancer
Siblings  Verna B. Willis
Role  Set designer
Name  Edwin Willis
Years active  1925-1957

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Born  January 28, 1893 (1893-01-28) Decatur, Illinois
Other names  Edwin B. Willis Edwin Willis
Occupation  Motion picture set designer & decorator
Died  November 26, 1963, Hollywood, California, United States
Spouse  Naomi Agnes Willis (m. 1922–1930)
Awards  Academy Award for Best Production Design, Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
Set decorated  Julius Caesar, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lili
Similar People  Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno, Lyle R Wheeler, Arthur Krams, Douglas Shearer

Edwin Booth Willis (January 28, 1893 – November 26, 1963) was an American motion picture set designer and decorator. Willis worked exclusively at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios for his entire career. During his career as a set designer Willis worked on over 600 separate productions. The Internet Movie Database lists his 577 film credits as set decorator, 163 credits as interior decorator and 24 credits as art director. Edwin B. Willis was nominated for the Academy Award in his profession 32 times, in certain years receiving multiple nominations. Willis won the Oscar on eight occasions. He was born in Decatur, Illinois and died of cancer in Hollywood, in 1963. He was survived by his sister, Verna B. Willis, Film Editor for MGM Studios, (hired by Dorothy Asner) and niece, Ouida L. Burchfield, hat designer, and designer of Christmas decor sold nationally.

Academy Awards

Interior decoration (Color)

  • Blossoms in the Dust - 1941
  • The Yearling - 1946
  • Interior decoration (Black & white)

  • Gaslight - 1944
  • Art direction/Set decoration (Color)

  • Little Women - 1949
  • An American in Paris - 1951
  • Art direction/Set decoration (Black & white)

  • The Bad and the Beautiful - 1952
  • Julius Caesar - 1953
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me - 1956
  • Academy Award Nominations

    Interior decoration

  • The Great Ziegfeld - 1936
  • Romeo and Juliet - 1936
  • Interior decoration (Black & white)

  • When Ladies Meet - 1941
  • Random Harvest - 1942
  • Madame Curie - 1943
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - 1945
  • Interior decoration (Color)

  • Thousands Cheer - 1943
  • Kismet - 1944
  • National Velvet - 1945
  • Art direction/Set decoration (Black & white)

  • Madame Bovary - 1949
  • The Red Danube - 1950
  • Too Young to Kiss - 1951
  • Executive Suite - 1954
  • I'll Cry Tomorrow - 1955
  • Blackboard Jungle - 1955
  • Art direction/Set decoration (Color)

  • Annie Get Your Gun - 1950
  • The Merry Widow - 1952
  • Lili - 1953
  • Young Bess -1953
  • The Story of Three Loves - 1953
  • Brigadoon - 1954
  • Lust For Life - 1956
  • Art Direction/Set Decoration

  • Les Girls - 1957
  • Raintree County - 1957
  • References

    Edwin B. Willis Wikipedia


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