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Janet Patterson
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Designer
    (August 12, 1956-October 21, 2016)
    Born in Sydney, Australia
    Costume designer for ‘Sweet and Sour’ (1984), ‘The Last Days of Chez Nous’ (1992), ‘The Piano’ (1993), ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ (1996), ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ (1997), ‘Holy Smoke!’ (1999), ‘Peter Pan’ (2003), ‘Bright Star; (2009) and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (2015)
    Production designer for ‘Bodysurfer’ (1989), ‘Come in Spinner’ (1990), ‘The Last Days of Chez Nous’ (1992), ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ (1996), ‘Holy Smoke!’ (1999) and ‘Bright Star; (2009)
    Is in the center of the profile picture, flanked by producer Jan Chapman (at left) and director Jane Campion (at right, holding Oscar)
    She was a recluse who rarely gave interviews or attended awards shows,
    She tried to keep her age secret.
    During the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the 2016 Oscars, her name was accompanied not by her picture, but instead by the picture of Jan Chapman, a still-living producer of several of the films Patterson had worked on.
    She was nominated for four Oscars: for her work on ‘The Piano,’ ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ and ‘Bright Star.’
    Chapman called her ‘a hidden treasure of the Australian film world.’
    The ‘In Memoriam’ picture snafu was overshadowed later in the Oscarcast by Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway naming the wrong film as Best Picture.

Credit: C. Fishel


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