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Costume Designer Patricia Norris Dies at 83

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The Oscar-nominated designer was the only person to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild.

Patricia Norris, a costume designer who most recently designed for the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, has died. She was 83.

Norris — the only person to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Costume Designers Guild (in 2007) and the Art Directors Guild (in 2011) — died of natural causes on Feb. 20, the Art Directors Guild announced on Wednesday. 

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The six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer's work for 12 Years a Slave (2013) earned her the Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Period Film Award, as well as an Oscar nomination. She has also been nominated for her designs in Sunset (1988), 2010 (1984), Victor, Victoria (1982), The Elephant Man (1980) and Days of Heaven (1978).

Norris' TV costume credits also include working with director David Lynch, both as a production designer and costume designer for more than 20 years, on Wild at Heart, and the pilot for Twin Peaks and Lost Highway.

She served as the production designer on 22 film and TV shows, including Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Singing Detective, Big Bad Love, Delivering Milo and Return to Lonesome Dove.

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Her 68 costume designer credits also include the 2013 film The Immigrant, The Sunshine Boys, The Missouri Breaks, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, Days of Heaven, California Suite, The Baltimore Bullet, History of the World: Part 1, Scarface, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV), Micki + Maude and Johnny Dangerously.

She is survived by her sons Patrick, Michael and Chris, and daughter Kathy.

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