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TOM KEOGH (USA, California, San Francisco 1922-1980 / act: Manhattan)

Tom Keogh Tom Keogh was an American artist and illustrator who specialized in costume and scenic design for the theatre, ballet and films.

Thomas C. Keogh was born in 1922 in San Francisco. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts and the Clounard School of Painting. In 1944 he moved to New York to work as an illustrator for Barbara Karinska, the theatre and ballet designer, and also turned out book and magazine illustrations, including the first Paris Vogue cover; paperbacks from Barron's Educational Series; the Algerian Society's Dictionnaire des Femmes (1961, 1962); James Leo Herlihy's The Sleep of Baby Flibertson (1958); and the following books by Theodora Keogh: Meg (1951); Street Music (1951); The Double Door (1952); The Tattooed Heart (1952); and The Fascinator (1955). He was responsible for the costumes for Marlene Dietrich when she starred with Ronald Colman in the early film production of Kismet, and designed Mae West's costumes for the Broadway production of Catherine was Great. More recently, he designed the Berlin production of Jesus Christ Superstar and illustrated an edition of the poems of William Buttler Yeats.

On 8 June 1945 Keogh married Theodora Roosevelt (b. 1919), the daughter of Lt. Col. Archibald B. Roosevelt and a granddaughter of the late President Theodore Roosevelt. Keogh did not have children and his marriage terminated in divorce. Little is known about Tom Keogh after the 1960's - unlike similarly skilled artists, like Marcel Vertes or Christian Berard - and no known books have been written about him.

Tom Keogh died in Mount Sinai Medical Center after a long ilness on 15 February 1980.

[Megakles Rogakos 07/2006]

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