Today I opened up my browser to google to find this mornings google doodle. I love the google doodle because it is like an accidental “this day in history” lesson. Today, google celebrated Edith Head’s birthday.
Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a bachelor of arts degree in letters and sciences with honors in French from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of arts degree in romance languages from Stanford University.
Edit got her start in costume design when she applied for a job at Paramount in 1924 which she obtained using another student's sketches for her job interview. As luck had it Edith turned out to be an amazing designer and she worked at Paramount for 43 years until she went to Universal Pictures in 1967.
Head was known for her low-key working style and, unlike many of her male contemporaries, usually consulted extensively with the female stars with whom she worked. As a result, she was a favorite among many of the leading female stars of the 1940s and '50s, such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Baxter, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood. In fact, Head was frequently "loaned out" by Paramount to other studios at the request of their female stars.
In the movie The Incredibles, Edna was created as a cross between James Bond's, Q, and Edith Head.