Ballard, Lucinda, 1906-1993

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Lucinda Ballard (April 3, 1906 – August 19, 1993) was an American costume designer who worked primarily in Broadway theatre.

Born Lucinda Davis Goldsborough in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ballard studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Her first professional credits was as the scenic and costume designer for a 1937 production of As You Like It. In 1945, she won the Donaldson Award for the costumes she designed for I Remember Mama. Two years later she was the first person to win the Tony Award for Best Costume Design, an acknowledgement of her contributions to Another Part of the Forest, Street Scene, and The Chocolate Soldier, among others. Her second Tony was for the 1961 musical The Gay Life. Additional theatre credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Allegro, A Streetcar Named Desire, Flahooley, The Fourposter, Carnival in Flanders, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, and The Sound of Music.

Ballard designed only two films, Portrait of Jennie and the 1951 screen adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Ballard and her first husband, William Fitz Randolph Ballard, divorced in 1938 after eight years of marriage. They had two children, Robert F. R. Ballard (b. 1933) and Lucinda Jenifer Ballard Ramberg (1934-1989). In 1951, she married lyricist Howard Dietz, and the couple resided in Sands Point, New York, until his death in 1983.

Ballard died of cancer at the age of 87 in New York City in 1993.

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Art Reference Library. Fashion and costume sketch collection. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn W. H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection TXRC00-A10., ca. 1650-1993, bulk 1900-1960 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Ballard, Lucinda. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Ballard, Lucinda. Costume designs, 19-- New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Museum of the City of New York. Set and costume designs collection, 1869-1986, 1910-1950 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983. Howard Dietz papers, 1915-1976. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Ballard, Lucinda. Costume designs for Annie get your gun, 1946. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum of Art Libraries and Archives,. Fashion and costume sketch collection: designer files. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Ballard, Lucinda. Lucinda Ballard papers, 1939-1986 Houghton Library
referencedIn Howard Dietz papers, 1915-1976 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Ballard, Lucinda. Correspondence and contracts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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correspondedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. Art Reference Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum of Art Libraries and Archives, corporateBody
associatedWith Crain, W. H., 1917-1988 person
associatedWith Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983. person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993. person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Museum of the City of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. person
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Costume design
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Costume designers--UnitedStates
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Birth 1906-04-03

Death 1993-08-19

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