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Van Nest Polglase

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Van Nest Polglase August 25, 1898 – December 20, 1968 was an American art director He was nominated for six Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction1 Best remembered as head of the design department at RKO Pictures, he worked on 333 films between 1925 and 1957

He was born in Brooklyn, New York and died in Los Angeles, California His death notice noted that he was "survived by his son Dr Van Nest Polglase and 2 grandchildren",2 his wife, Helen, having predeceased him six months earlier3


  • 1 Education and early career
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Education and early careeredit

Polglase studied Beaux Arts architecture and interior design in New York City where he entered practice with the architectural firm of Berg and Orchard, before moving to Havana in 1917 where he was an associate designer on the Presidential Palace456 On his return to New York in 1919, he signed with Famous Players—Lasky Paramount whose art director Wiard Ihnen had recommended him as a draftsman, but Polglase turned his hand to design and soon relocated to Hollywood where he designed one of the first American Art Déco sets for The Magnificent Flirt 1928 and worked for MGM until 1932 when Polglase was recruited to RKO by David O Selznick4

Selected filmographyedit

Polglase was nominated for six Academy Awards for Best Art Direction:7

  • The Gay Divorcee 1934
  • Top Hat 1935
  • Carefree 1938
  • Love Affair 1939
  • My Favorite Wife 1940
  • Citizen Kane 1941

See alsoedit

  • Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "IMDbcom: Van Nest Polglase - Awards" IMDbcom Retrieved 2008-12-07 
  2. ^ "Deaths, Funeral Announcements" Los Angeles Times 22 Dec 1968 p C24 via ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times 1881 - 1986 accessed 29 Mar 2010
  3. ^ United States Social Security Death Index via http://wwwfamilysearchorg/
  4. ^ a b Donald Albrecht "The Art of RKO Van Nest Polglase And The Modern Movie Set: A Pioneer Who Changed The Cinematic Landscape" Architectural Digest June 2009 http://wwwarchitecturaldigestcom/resources/notebook/2009/07/vintage_set_design_article
  5. ^ "Van Nest Polglase" International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists 2000 4th ed reproduced in Biography Resource Center Gale 2010
  6. ^ Ray Banks comp WWI Civilian Draft Registrations database on-line Ancestrycom crediting original data: United States, Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1987-1988 Microfilm Publications: M1509
  7. ^ "NY Times: Van Nest Polglase biography" NY Times Retrieved 2008-12-07 

External linksedit

  • Van Nest Polglase on Internet Movie Database
  • Van Nest Polglase at AllMovie

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