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Jo Mielziner (1901-1976)

Jo Mielziner (1901-1976), American stage designer, born in Paris, and educated at the Art Students League in New York City and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. During his long career, Mielziner designed more than 250 productions for the Broadway and London stages, including "The Guardsman" (1924), "Winterset" (1935), "The Glass Menagerie" (1945), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947), "Mister Roberts" (1948), "Death of a Salesman" (1949), "South Pacific" (1949), "Guys and Dolls" (1950), and "Gypsy" (1959). He also designed for the opera and ballet stages. Mielziner`s sets were invariably appropriate to the production, combining stylish realism with dramatic symbolism, in forms that were practicable onstage. With the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen he designed the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City`s Lincoln Center. Many of his designs are reproduced in his book "Designing for the Theatre" (1965).

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