Legendary Costume Designer Dies — She Worked on Everything From Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ to TV’s ‘All in the Family’

Jun 8, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A costume designer who made an impact both on film and on television over the course of her long career has died. Rita Riggs died Monday in Los Angeles at 86, according to media reports.

Riggs transitioned from early television, including a job in the costume department on the 1950s variety show “Shower of Stars,” to a stint as a costume designer for Alfred Hitchcock. After working with the legendary director on his TV anthology “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” she moved to the big screen, where she was a part of Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” “The Birds” and “Marnie.”

Riggs met Norman Lear while working on “Divorce American Style,” a 1967 comedy feature written and produced by Lear. This led to a long collaboration with Lear on his TV sitcoms, including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “One Day at a Time,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “The Jeffersons.”

Riggs received the Career Achievement Award in Television from the Costume Designers Guild Awards in 2003.

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