Edith Head honoured by a Google Doodle marking 116th anniversary of her birth
Award-winning costume designer Edith Head has been remembered by a Google Doodle on the 116th anniversary of her birth
The search engine has replaced its usual multicoloured logo with an image of the American costume designer standing in front of six of her creations.
Coloured shadows falling behind the costume-wearing models spell out the word Google.
Edith Head, who died in 1981 aged 83, was a legendary designer who won eight Academy Awards for her costumes – the most Oscars claimed by a woman.
She created outfits for hit films including Funny Face, To Catch a Thief and The Birds.
After also working on The Man Who Knew Too Much, she was established as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite designers.
Edith was born in California in 1897 and went on to gain a French degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1919 then a masters in romance languages from Stanford University in 1920.
But after becoming a teacher she took up evening art classes in an attempt to improve her drawing skills and within a couple of years, in 1924, she was hired as a costume sketch artist in the costume department at Paramount Pictures, where she started work on silent films such as The Wanderer.
She remained at Paramount for 43 years before moving to Universal Pictures in 1967, possibly due to Hitchcock’s move to Universal in 1960.
She married Charles Head in 1923, the brother of one of her drawing lesson classmates.
The pair divorced in 1936 but Edith continued to use his name throughout her career.
She wed set designer Wiard Ihnen four years later and the marriage lasted until his death from prostate cancer in 1979.
During her 54 year career Edith was nominated for 35 Academy Awards and became a favourite among the leading actresses of the era such as Ginger Rogers, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1974, Edith received a final Oscar win for her work on The Sting.
He died seven years later from an incurable bone marrow disease but her star remains on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard.
Over the past 15 years Google has created more than 1000 Doodles to mark various birthdays, anniversaries and major world events.
In 2010, it launched the first fully-interactive Doodle in May to celebrate the 30th birthday of Pac-Man.
The graphic allowed the Pac-Man character to be moved using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
It was later claimed that the Pac-Man Doodle led to almost five million wasted hours and cost the economy around $120 million dollars, with office workers unable to tear themselves away from the rudimentary computer game.
Most recently, Google celebrated Austria National Day on October 26.
The first Google Doodle was born in 1998 when the search engine's founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page replaced the logo with a picture of a Burning Man, to notify the world that they had gone on holiday to the Burning Man Festival.