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Rita Riggs

Costume Designer

Rita Riggs on working with "palettes" when designing her shows; specifically Conrad Bain on Maude

01:45

Wear comfortable shoes. Be strong, adorable, listen, learn, go to museums, learn from the masters. Painters are such good teachers. They teach you how to put together colors and textures.

About this interview

Costume designer Rita Riggs was interviewed for over 3 hours in Los Angeles. She chronicles working with Norman Lear throughout the 1970s on: All in the F amily (1971-79), Maude (1972-78), Sanford and Son (1972-77), Good Times (1974-79), One Day at A Time (1975-84), Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-78), and The Jeffersons (1975-85).  Riggs describes her early career at CBS in 1954 working in the costume department on such shows as Climax! and Shower of Stars , as well as the classic "live" series Playhouse 90 .  Riggs also describes her work at Revue Studios which included working with Alfred Hitchcock on his introductions for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and led to her work on Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), and Marnie (1964).  Riggs also talks about her extensive work in features that include Seconds (1966), Petulia (1968), and Yes, Giorgio (1982).  Riggs speaks of some of her later work including the television movie Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999). Conducted August 19, 2003 by Gary Rutkowski.

Wear comfortable shoes. Be strong, adorable, listen, learn, go to museums, learn from the masters. Painters are such good teachers. They teach you how to put together colors and textures.

Interview Highlights

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Rita Riggs on working with "palettes" when designing her shows; specifically Conrad Bain on Maude

Maude01:45
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Rita Riggs on designing for the different characters on One Day at a Time; changing fads

One Day at a Time59:56
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Rita Riggs on designing for The Jeffersons; the change in costume to show "moving on up"

Jeffersons, The51:30
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Rita Riggs on designing costumes for Good Times for Esther Rolle

Good Times08:11