Gene Allen to Be Posthumously Inducted Into ADG Hall of Fame

Gene Allen - H 2015
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Gene Allen - H 2015

Gene Allen, the Oscar-winning production designer behind My Fair Lady, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 21st annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Allen, who passed away last year at the age of 97, made his mark not only as a production designer but as an executive within the industry. He served three terms as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (1983 to 1985), was executive director for the ADG for 27 years (1970 to 1997) and served four two-year terms as IATSE vp.

Allen earned Academy Award nominations for A Star Is Born (1954), Les Girls (1957) and My Fair Lady (1964); he won for My Fair Lady.

Allen also held memberships with the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild and served on numerous industry-related boards including the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan and the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

“We celebrate Gene as a legendary and iconic production designer," ADG council chairperson Marcia Hinds said Thursday in a statement. "Gene made an enormous contribution to the art of production design and art direction through his love of color, form and dramatic design. He was a visionary, a leader in the industry, an advocate of the profession and an inspiration to us all.”

Also during the upcoming ADG Awards, lifetime achievement awards will be presented to René Lagler, Albert Obregon, Cate Bangs and Joseph Musso.