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Bob Mackie

Costume Designer

Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett in "Went With the Wind," a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on The Carol Burnett Show

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They'll probably say 'he's the guy that did the curtain rod and the belly-button dresses.' What are you going to do? When you hit that many people all at once, they'll remember that.

About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Bob Mackie recounts his earliest experiences in Hollywood working for respected designers Edith Head and Jean Louis. He discusses working with Ray Aghayan on The Judy Garland Show and recalls the notable television specials with which he was involved, including Brigadoon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Carousel and Kismet. Mackie details his eleven-year tenure on The Carol Burnett Show and explains the weekly requirements for designing costumes for the complex ensemble show. He speaks fondly of designing costumes for Burnett's most memorable characters: southern belle Starlett O'Hara from "Went With the Wind," dim-bulb secretary Mrs. Wiggins, shrill Eunice Harper Higgens and fading legend Nora Desmond. Mackie describes his successful collaboration with Cher, beginning on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and continuing with Cher, The Sonny and Cher Show and her various television, concert and public appearances (including her well-known Academy Award outfits). He also comments on his designs for Donny and Marie, The Diahann Carroll Show and such feature films as "Lady Sings the Blues" and "Funny Lady." He speaks about his most recent work, including a line of collectible dolls for Mattel's Barbie, more television collaborations with Carol Burnett and television specials including Gypsy and Mrs. Santa Claus. Finally, he reminisces about designing for such performers as Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Elton John, Dinah Shore, Ann-Margret, Mitzi Gaynor and Lucille Ball.  Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on June 29, 2000 in North Hollywood, CA.

They'll probably say 'he's the guy that did the curtain rod and the belly-button dresses.' What are you going to do? When you hit that many people all at once, they'll remember that.

Interview Highlights

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Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett in "Went With the Wind," a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on The Carol Burnett Show

Carol Burnett Show, The (1967-1978)02:17
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Bob Mackie on dressing Cher and her outrageous outfits

Bob Mackie on dressing Cher and her outrageous outfits01:20
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Bob Mackie on assisting with costume design on The Judy Garland Show

Judy Garland01:38
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Bob Mackie on designing for Barbie

Bob Mackie on designing for Barbie01:46
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Bob Mackie on opening Bob Mackie Originals

Bob Mackie on opening Bob Mackie Originals01:03

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