Harry Horner papers
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- Horner, Harry (Person)
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Harry Horner, two-time Academy Award-winning production designer, director and producer, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1910 and raised in Vienna. After graduating from the University of Vienna with a degree in architecture, he worked as an architect for a year, then turned to acting under the guidance of Max Reinhardt. For two years (1933-1935) he appeared in a number of Reinhardt productions in Vienna and Salzburg, and then in 1935 he traveled to New York with "The Eternal Road" as Reinhardt's assistant, and in 1937 took over as designer of the show (succeeding Norman Bel Geddes). From this success, he went on to design a number of Broadway productions.
Horner served in the US military during World War II (he became a citizen in 1940), during which time he designed a production of "Winged Victory" for both stage and film and wrote, designed and directed the Air Force training show "You Bet Your Life".
After leaving the military, Horner moved to Los Angeles and continued his career as a production designer and director. He was nominated for several Academy Awards (production design for "Our Town", "The Little Foxes", "Separate Tables", "Double Life", "Born Yesterday" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They") and won for "The Heiress" (1951) and "The Hustler" (1962). Horner very often worked as both production designer and director on films. His first effort in this dual role was "Beware, My Lovely" starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan. He also directed for television, continued to work on Broadway productions, and for the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas. Horner also worked in Canada and England, where he produced Francois Truffaut's "Farenheit 451".
Horner died in Los Angeles in 1994.
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- Feuchtwanger, Lion -- Correspondence
- Horner, Harry -- Archives
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- Finding aid for the Harry Horner papers
- Emily Hodgkins, Marje Schuetze-Coburn and Sue Luftschein
- 2017 March
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