CDG - The Costume Designer

Winter 2017

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60 The Costume Designer Winter 2017 SCRAPBOOK Mina Mittelman did not have far to travel to find Hollywood. A relative of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges fame, she recalled, as a child, seeing her parents entertaining many early Hollywood film celebri- ties. Her costume training came largely through a tenure at Western Costume Company. She was there during the wonderful time when Lily Fonda ran the workroom and Albert Nichols ran the establishment. Mittelman had an eye and taste and knowledge, which attracted designers like Irene Sharaff and Dorothy Jeakins. She made herself indispensable. In fact, Sharaff insisted that Mittelman accompany her to Spain to costume the background for The Great White Hope. Creating background characters was one of Mittelman's passions. She believed it was as important as the costuming the principals. During the 1970s and 1980s, Mittelman was in demand both designing and costuming television series and movies. As a designer, her credits include Malice in Wonderland, The Little Match Girl, I'll Fly Away, and two Cagney & Lacey films. As a costumer, she costume supervised Mission: Impossible, The Man with Two Brains, Pretty Baby, A Walton Wedding, and many more. As a dual cardholder, she was Emmy nominated twice for Costume Design, and four times for costuming. Mina Mittelman 1931 – 2016 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K BY DIANA EDEN

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