Magazine article Variety

Patricia Norris Courted Oscar Six Times Over

Magazine article Variety

Patricia Norris Courted Oscar Six Times Over

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Patricia Norris, the Oscar-nommed and Emmy-winning production designer and costume designer who helped craft distinctive looks for "12 Years a Slave," "Scarface" and numerous other films, as well as TV's "Twin Peaks," died of natural causes on Feb. 20 in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 83.

Working with noted directors including David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, Wim Wenders and Brian De Palma, she was Oscar-nommed six times, for "12 Years a Slave," "Sunset," "Victor, Victoria," "2010," "The Elephant Man" and "Days of Heaven."

Though she didn't win the Oscar for "12 Years," she did win the Costume Designers' Period Film Award. Norris, who was known as Patty, was the only person to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild.

During a longtime collaboration with Lynch, she designed the costumes for "The Elephant Man," "The Straight Story," "Lost Highway," "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and the "Twin Peaks" pilot, for which she won an Emmy. …

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