World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Albert Wolsky

Article Id: WHEBN0012351687
Reproduction Date:

Title: Albert Wolsky  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Elizabeth Haffenden, Dorothy Jeakins, Mary Wills, Sanzo Wada
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Albert Wolsky

Albert Wolsky
Born (1930-11-24) November 24, 1930
Paris, France
Occupation Costume designer
Partner(s) James Mitchell (till his death)

Albert Wolsky (born November 24, 1930)[1] is an American costume designer. He has worked both on stage shows as well as for film, and has received two Academy Awards.


Wolsky was born in Paris, France, but during World War II, he and the rest of his family fled to the United States to escape the German occupation.[2] After graduating from the City College of New York, he served in the army from 1953–56, spending most of his enlistment in Japan.[3] Once he returned to the United States, he began working in his father's travel agency. However, he decided to change careers and took an assistant's job with notable costume maker Helene Pons.[4] Wolsky became a well regarded costume designer, working both on Broadway and in the motion picture industry.[5]

Wolsky worked on many films including Harry and Tonto, The Turning Point, Grease and Manhattan. He worked with Bob Fosse, a leading Broadway director, on All That Jazz and won his first Academy Award. He won his second Academy Award for Bugsy in 1991 and has been nominated five other times, most recently for his work on Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired musical Across the Universe (2007) and Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road (2008).[6][7]

He began his career as costume designer for the theatre by assisting costume designer Ann Roth on A Case of Libel (1963); he later assisted Roth on The Odd Couple (1965), Patricia Zipprodt on Fiddler on the Roof (1964), and Theoni Aldredge on Illya Darling (1967).[7][8] His first work as lead costumer was Generation (1965). He went on to serve as principal costume designer for both plays and musicals, including The Sunshine Boys (1972) and Sly Fox (1976). Wolsky has been announced as the designer for the 2012 Broadway production of The Heiress.[9]

Wolsky is currently a Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[10]

He is the recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award For Costume Design.[11]

In 2010, Wolsky donated his costume design sketches to the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[12]

Personal life

His longtime partner was actor James Mitchell.[13]

Honors and awards


  • Chaneles, Sol & Wolsky, Albert (1974) The Movie Makers: the lives and films of more than 2,500 stars, supporting actors, and directors who have made motion picture history. Secaucus, NJ: Derbibooks


  1. ^ Biography
  2. ^ "Albert Wolsky: Man with the 'Fire', retrieved 28 August 2010.
  3. ^ Boris Wolsky, My Life in Three Worlds (Miami Beach, FL: Wolsky, 1979), 133-34.
  4. ^ Deborah Nadoolman Landis, "Albert Wolsky," Costume Design (Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2003), 163.
  5. ^ "Wolsky Biography"Variety, retrieved March 10, 2010
  6. ^ Snead, Elizabeth."Albert Wolsky's 'Revolutionary' style"The Los Angeles Times, The Envelope, February 18, 2009
  7. ^ a b BWW News Desk.TDF/Irene "Sharaff Awards Honor Lee & Wolsky, 4/23" March 9, 2010
  8. ^ Wolsky listing, retrieved March 10, 2010
  9. ^ "The Heiress to Play Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre; Judith Ivey Joins Cast",, July 9, 2012.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Probst, Andy.Ming Cho Lee, Albert Wolsky, et al. to Receive Irene Sharaff Awards", March 9, 2010
  12. ^ "Academy Library Celebrates New Collections", May 19, 2010.
  13. ^ Editors (2010-01-23). "All My Children Star James Mitchell Dead at 89". Advocate. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  14. ^ Awards for Costume and Set Designers

Further reading

  • "Wolsky, Albert." Contemporary Theater, Film, and Television. Vol. 36. Ed. Thomas Riggs. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 2001. 379-80.

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.