JEANNINE OPPEWALL (Production Designer)

JEANNINE OPPEWALL (Production Designer) has received Oscar® nominations for two years in succession: Pleasantville (1998) and L. A. Confidential (1997). She entered the film industry in the late 1970s after a six-year association with the great design innovators, Charles and Ray Eames. She worked as a set designer (Blue Collar, Blow Out, The Rose, Honky Tonk Freeway) before rising to the position of production designer in 1983 with Tender Mercies. The modestly budgeted "slice of life" film, which brought Robert Duvall an Academy Award, was directed by Bruce Beresford.

For the next several years, Oppewall designed an impressive variety of motion pictures for an equally diverse list of directors, many with international credentials. These range from the Russian Andrei Konchalovsky (Maria's Lovers) and the Brazilian Hector Babenco (Ironweed), to include Costa-Gavras (The Music Box) and Luis Mandoki (White Palace). Other credits include Love Letters, The Big Easy, Rooftops and Sibling Rivalry.

Then came The Bridges of Madison County, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The romantic hit put Oppewall's career into high gear. L. A. Confidential, Pleasantville and Snow Falling on Cedars followed. She recently completed a second film for 'Confidential' director, Curtis Hanson, called Wonder Boys.

In addition to her Oscar® nomination for Pleasantville, Oppewall also received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Production Design, 1998.

Oppewall has produced radio documentaries about the Calvinist faith she was born into, and written scholarly articles about insects. In the 1980s she lived for a year in Stockholm, working as a stage designer for the Royal Dramatic Theatre. One project was the Sam Shepard play, The Curse of the Starving Class.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Oppewall has a Masters degree in medieval studies from Bryn Mawr.

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