Ann Roth (born October 30, 1931) is an American costume designer for films and Broadway theatre. Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Roth was a Carnegie Mellon graduate who began her career as a scenery painter for the Pittsburgh Opera. She intended to remain in the field of production design until she met Irene Sharaff at the Bucks County Playhouse. Sharaff invited her to California to assist her with costumes on the film Brigadoon and suggested Roth apprentice with her for five films and five Broadway productions before setting out on her own. Roth won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for The English Patient and was nominated for Places in the Heart, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Hours. Her more than one hundred screen credits include The World of Henry Orient, Midnight Cowboy, Klute, The Day of the Locust (for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design), Working Girl, Silkwood, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Mambo Kings, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Cold Mountain, Closer, Freedomland, The Good Shepherd, Margot at the Wedding, and Evening. Roth's dozens of stage credits include The Odd Couple, The Star-Spangled Girl, Purlie, Seesaw, They're Playing Our Song, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Biloxi Blues, Butley, The Vertical Hour, and Deuce. Roth is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for the miniseries Roanoak (1986) and Angels in America (2003). In 2000, the Theatre Development Fund honored Roth with the Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2003, the Hollywood Film Festival honored her with the Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Award.
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