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Movie Costumer Best Dead At 94

Thu., June 19, 1997

Marjorie O. Best, Hollywood costume designer who won an Academy Award in 1949 for outfitting the characters in “The Adventures of Don Juan,” has died. She was 94.

Best, who was nominated for three other Oscars, died Saturday in her Los Angeles home.

Her first costuming assignment was in 1943 for “The Nun’s Story.” She earned Oscar nominations in 1956 for “Giant,” in 1960 for “Sunrise at Campobello” and in 1965 for “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

A native of Jacksonville, Ill., Best moved to Los Angeles with her parents as a young woman. She studied at the Chouinard School of Art, where she later taught, and worked at United Costume Co.

She segued into films in 1943 when Warner Bros. bought United Costume Co. and offered her a job in its wardrobe department.

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