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Oliver Messel (1904–1978)

Oliver Messel was born on January 13, 1904 in London, England as Oliver Hilary Sambourne Messel. He is known for his work on Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Carnival (1946). He died on July 13, 1978 in Bridgetown, Barbados. See full bio »


(age 74) in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Suddenly, Last Summer Costume Designer
Romeo and Juliet Art Department
Carnival Art Department
The Private Life of Don Juan Costume Designer


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 2007 The Sleeping Beauty (TV Movie) (original 1946 scenery designs)
 1956 On Such a Night (Short) (designer: "Le nozze di Figaro")
 1949 The Queen of Spades (settings)
 1946 Carnival (designer: ballet decor)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra (decor) / (jewellery - uncredited)
 1936 Romeo and Juliet (artistic consultant) / (settings)
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 2007 The Sleeping Beauty (TV Movie) (1946 designs)
 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer (uncredited)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra (costumes)
 1940 The Thief of Bagdad (costumes designed by)
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 1949 The Queen of Spades (costumer)
 1946 Carnival (designer: ballet costumes)
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel (dresses designer: Miss Merle Oberon)
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 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Breath of Spring (1958)
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 1957 Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series)
- M (1957) ... Himself

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Other Works:

He was costume designer for Karl Vollmoeller's play, "The Miracle," at the Lyceum Theatre in London, England with Tilly Losch, Leonide Massine, Glen Byam Shaw, Lyn Harding, and Diana Manners in the cast. Max Reinhardt was director. Engelbert Humperdinck composed music. Leonide Massine was also choreographer. Professor Oskar ... See more »

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Won Broadway's 1955 Tony Award as Best Scenic Designer for "House of Flowers." He also received three other Tony nominations: in 1959, as both Best Scenic Designer and Best Costume Designer for "Rashomon;" and in 1974, as Best Costume Designer for "Gigi." See more »

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