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A leading Hollywood costume designer from the mid-1930s through the 60s, associated with RKO during its peak years of the 30s and 40s. A former theatrical set designer and sketch artist for Paramount, Renie moved to RKO in 1937 and soon became responsible for garbing such stars as Ginger Rogers, Simone Simon and Laraine Day in films including "Tom, Dick, and Harry" (1941), "Cat People" (1942) and "Mr. Lucky" (1943). Throughout her career, Renie managed to evoke an understated elegance in her work. Her integration of glamour and working-girl motifs into Rogers' clothing as the proletariat "Kitty Foyle" (1940), for example, is highly typical of her style and remains probably her best-known work from this period. Freelancing during the 50s and 60s, Renie worked on such TV series as "Haywire" and "Space" and films including "A Man Called Peter" (1955), "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957) and "The Killing of Sister George" (1968). She also served as a designer for Shipstead & Johnson's during the height of their success with the Ice Follies. After three previous nominations, Renie won an Oscar for her hand in the creation of the lavish costumes for the infamous flop "Cleopatra" (1963). ...

A leading Hollywood costume designer from the mid-1930s through the 60s, associated with RKO during its peak years of the 30s and 40s. A former theatrical set designer and sketch artist for Paramount, Renie moved to RKO in 1937 and soon became responsible for garbing such stars as Ginger Rogers, Simone Simon and Laraine Day in films including "Tom, Dick, and Harry" (1941), "Cat People" (1942) and "Mr. Lucky" (1943). Throughout her career, Renie managed to evoke an understated elegance in her work. Her integration of glamour and working-girl motifs into Rogers' clothing as the proletariat "Kitty Foyle" (1940), for example, is highly typical of her style and remains probably her best-known work from this period.

Freelancing during the 50s and 60s, Renie worked on such TV series as "Haywire" and "Space" and films including "A Man Called Peter" (1955), "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957) and "The Killing of Sister George" (1968). She also served as a designer for Shipstead & Johnson's during the height of their success with the Ice Follies. After three previous nominations, Renie won an Oscar for her hand in the creation of the lavish costumes for the infamous flop "Cleopatra" (1963).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Baghdad, Texas (2009)
3.
 Operator, The (2000)
4.
 Any Given Sunday (1999)
5.
 Kiss the Girls (1997)
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 Bottle Rocket (1996)
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 Freeway (1996)
10.
 Nixon (1995)
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