Costumer Paula Lynn Kaatz Dies at 67
Paula Lynn Kaatz, a two-time Emmy-winning costumer and costume designer who worked on TV’s China Beach and on such films as The Green Mile during a 40-year career, died May 3 following a brief illness. She was 67.
Kaatz worked on 60 episodes of China Beach, the 1988-91 ABC drama that starred Dana Delany and was set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. She shared an Emmy for costuming the pilot episode.
Kaatz’s other Emmy came from costuming the CBS telefilm Pancho Barnes (1988), which starred Valerie Bertinelli as a female aviator in the 1920s.
Kaatz, who collected six Emmy nominations in all, also worked on such TV series as Space Academy, Jason of Star Command, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and Angel Street and on several other telefilms.
Her film résumé includes Mr. Majestyk (1974), Breakheart Pass (1975), Hooper (1978), My Bodyguard (1980), Wonderland (2003) and Man About Town (2006).
Kaatz also was a union organizer for Local Union 705 and a field representative/organizer for Motion Picture Costumers Local 75.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 19, 1946, Kaatz graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1964 and received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where her classmates included Michael Douglas.
Survivors include her brother Benjamin, stepsister Julia, nieces Joely, Gabrielle and Adrienne and nephew Kevin.