Her 35 Academy Award nominations and 8 wins secure Edith Head as the single most Oscar-honored woman in history. Her iconic costume designs garnered nominations consecutively from 1948-1966. Her impeccable taste and agreeable personality made her a favorite among actors and directors (many of whom were, shall we say, less agreeable). It was Head’s firm opinion that success started with an appropriate wardrobe; changing careers would therefore require a change of clothes. Fittingly, Head became famous for her own personal style, not often seen without her black rimmed sunglasses,* straight-across bangs, and tight chignon. Her nominated credits include: Samson and Delilah (1949), A Place in the SunRoman Holiday (1951), (1953), Sabrina (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), Funny Face (1957), The Buccaneer (1958), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), The Wives and Lovers (1963), Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Airport '77 (1977).
* Although most people associate Edith Head with black sunglasses, her black-rimmed glasses actually had blue frames. In the days of black and white film, blue lenses helped costume designers see how their clothes would translate onto film. When not working, Head’s lenses were clear.