Josie MacAvin

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Josie MacAvin
Born
Josephine MacAvin

1919
Ireland
Died26 January 2005(2005-01-26) (aged 85–86)
OccupationSet decorator
Years active1943–2002
MacAvin's gravestone, Glasnevin Cemetery MacAvin gravestone.jpg
MacAvin's gravestone, Glasnevin Cemetery
MacAvin's Oscar and Emmy, displayed at the IFI. Josie MacAvin's trophies.jpg
MacAvin's Oscar and Emmy, displayed at the IFI.

Josephine "Josie" MacAvin (1919 26 January 2005) was an Irish set decorator and art director. She won an Academy Award and was nominated two more times in the category Best Art Direction. [1] She also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special for her work as set dresser on the miniseries Scarlett (1994). MacAvin's Oscar and Emmy statuettes are both on permanent display at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

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Life and career

MacAvin was the daughter of John Patrick MacAvin [2] (1881/82–1938) and Mollie MacAvin (née Callaghan; d. 1992). Upon her death, Josie left an estate worth 2,616,230. [3]

MacAvin began in showbusiness as a ballerina, performing with the Irish Ballet Club at the Gate Theatre in 1943. [4] In the 1950s she was stage director and company manager of the Dublin Players, who toured the U.S. with plays by Sean O'Casey, George Bernard Shaw and Lennox Robinson. [5] [6]

MacAvin's film work spanned six decades, beginning her film career as set decorator with Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), filmed in Dublin and at Ardmore Studios, Bray.

Selected filmography

MacAvin won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and was nominated for two more:

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References

  1. "IMDb.com: Josie MacAvin - Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  2. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000031497/ [ bare URL ]
  3. "Diver's body recovered from sea - Independent.ie" . Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. The Irish Times (Tuesday, June 29, 1943), page 3.
  5. The Irish Times (Wednesday, June 22, 1955), page 6.
  6. The Irish Times (Tuesday, May 19, 1959), page 6.