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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, for his work on the films All That Jazz and Bugsy.

Albert Wolsky
Born (1930-11-24) November 24, 1930 (age 88)
OccupationCostume designer
Years active1967-present
Partner(s)James Mitchell (till his death)

Early life, military service and early careerEdit

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]

The first film Wolsky worked on was The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.[6] He 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).[7][8]

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).[8][9] 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.[10]

In 2010, Wolsky donated his costume design sketches to the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[11]

Honors and awardsEdit


Wolsky is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

His longtime partner was actor James Mitchell.[15][16]


  • 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' Archived 2012-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, 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"[permanent dead link]Variety, retrieved March 10, 2010
  6. ^ "Albert Wolsky costume design drawings, 1977-2007". Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ Snead, Elizabeth."Albert Wolsky's 'Revolutionary' style"The Los Angeles Times, The Envelope, February 18, 2009
  8. ^ a b BWW News Desk.TDF/Irene "Sharaff Awards Honor Lee & Wolsky, 4/23" March 9, 2010
  9. ^ Wolsky listing, retrieved March 10, 2010
  10. ^ "The Heiress to Play Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre; Judith Ivey Joins Cast",, July 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "Academy Library Celebrates New Collections", May 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Awards for Costume and Set Designers
  13. ^ Probst, Andy.Ming Cho Lee, Albert Wolsky, et al. to Receive Irene Sharaff Awards", March 9, 2010
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Editors (2010-01-23). "All My Children Star James Mitchell Dead at 89". Advocate. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2013-12-04.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "James Mitchell obituary | Soap opera | The Guardian". Retrieved 2019-09-25.

Further readingEdit

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

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