Cecil Beaton first designed for the production of Follow the Sun in London. A native of England, Mr Beaton’s work was seen in such Broadway productions as Cry of the Peacock, The Grass Harp, Noel Coward’s Quadrille, Look after Lulu, Saratoga, Dear Liar, Tenderloin and My Fair Lady, for which he won a Tony Award. He won Academy Awards for his designs for two motion pictures, Gigi and My Fair Lady. Mr Beaton was the author of several books including Cecil Beaton’s Fair Lady and he wrote the play The Gainsborough Girls. Mr Beaton was also a master portrait photographer. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. He retired in 1977 and died in January, 1980.
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