Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Diana Eden, Emmy nominated Costume Designer & Author of “Stars in their Underwear: My Unpredictable Journey from Broadway Dancer to Costume Designer for Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars”.
About Harvey's guest:
Diana Eden is a costume designer for the stage, television, and film. She has been nominated for one Primetime Emmy Award and two Daytime Emmy Awards, an award-winning Costume Designer who has created costumes for many of Hollywood's biggest stars, such as George Clooney, Debra Messing, Kaley Cuoco, and many more!
She has designed for dozens of prime time TV series, TV movies, pilots, films, and stage productions, in Hollywood, New York, and Las Vegas.
Eden began dancing at the age of five and by the age of fifteen she was dancing with the National Ballet of Canada, for the company's touring performance of Swan Lake. She made her debut in the show's 1955 performance in Washington D.C. Eden grew too tall for ballet, despite being called "one of the National Ballet of Canada's most brilliant young dancers" by the Toronto Star.
In 1974, Eden received a contract to provide some of the costumes for Ann-Margret and her dancers for her Las Vegas act at Caesar's Palace. Eden began designing for additional stage shows as well. In 1980 she became a designer full-time and continued to design for the stage, including shows produced for Broadway. She also assisted Bob Mackie for the Las Vegas stage show Jubilee! as it entered the MGM Grand Hotel, working under Mackie at Elizabeth Courtney Designs. In 1984, she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Costume Design for her work on the stage play Tamara.
From 1985 to the series end in 1988, Eden was the resident designer for the television sitcom The Facts of Life, designing up to 40 original outfits per week for the show that featured a largely young female cast. She also became the costume designer for the long-running television series Santa Barbara. In 1993 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for her work on the television series A League of Their Own.
In the mid-1990s, Eden was the costume designer for the television drama Sweet Justice, the sitcom Ned and Stacey and the television show Family Law, which aired between 1999 and 2002. She has also been the costume designer for the television soap opera Passions. In both 2007 and 2008 she was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series Daytime Emmy award for her work on the show. Other shows Eden designed include The Tony Danza Show, For Your Love, and Ladies Man. Television and feature films she has designed include Making Contact, Stealing Christmas, and Stealing Las Vegas.
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