Friday, February 11, 2011

RIP Nicola Rizzo

Costume designer Nicola Rizzi dies at 84

Worked at various studios for more than three decades


Hollywood costume designer Nicola Rizzi died of lung cancer on Feb. 5 in San Clemente, Calif. He was 84.

Rizzi was a freelance costume designer who worked for studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Studios, Burbank Studios, Culver City, Universal and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope beginning in 1962.

Born in Giovinazzo, Italy, Rizzi migrated first to Toronto, where he worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Co. He moved to Los Angeles in the early '60s.

Film credits include "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "One From the Heart" and "Silverado"; he worked with Coppola, Terry Garr, Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Lainie Kazan and Roberto Benigni, among others. "L.A. Law" was the last show on which he worked; he retired in 1995.

He was a member of Motion Pictures Costumers Local 705.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Funeral will be at noon Friday at St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, Calif.

RIZZO, Nicola
Born: 1927, Giovinazzo, Puglia, Bari, Italy
Died: 2/5/201, San Clemente, California, U.S.A.
Nicola Rizzo's western - tailor:
Silverado - 1985

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