John Truscott

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John Truscott

Born(1936-02-23)23 February 1936
Melbourne, Australia
Died5 September 1993(1993-09-05) (aged 57)
Melbourne, Australia
Production designer
Costume designer
Interior designer
Artistic director
Years active1967–1977

John Edward Truscott AO (23 February 1936 – 5 September 1993 [1] ) was an Australian actor, production designer, costume designer and artistic director. He won two Academy Awards for his work on the 1967 film Camelot . [2]



Truscott began his career in 1952 at the National Theatre, Melbourne at the age of 16. [1] There he directed his first play, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream . [1] In the 1960s he worked internationally on films in London, Rome, and Paris. [1] In 1967 he won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design and the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Camelot ; a film adaptation of the 1960 musical of the same name by Lerner and Loewe. [1]

In the 1980s, he was brought in to complete the interior designs for the theatre complex of the Victorian Arts Centre (VAC) begun by Sir Roy Grounds. [1] He also designed the exteriors for World Expo 88 in Brisbane. [1] In the 1985 Queen's Birthday Honours Truscott was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. [3] He was the second Artistic Director of the Melbourne Festival, a position he was in from 1988 through 1991. [1] At the time of his death in 1993 during heart surgery he was artist-in-residence at the VAC. [1]

Private life

Melbourne fashion designer and founding editor of Vogue Australia Sheila Scotter had a 13-year relationship with him. [4] She claimed he was bisexual who practised only his straight side. Scotter also claimed that Truscott had an affair with Vanessa Redgrave while working together on Camelot. [4]

Truscott is buried in the Dandenongs near Melbourne, and Sheila Scotter is buried next to him. [5]

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