Dorothea Holt Redmond (1910-2009) was born in southern California and attended what is now Art Center college of Design after receiving a degree in Architecture.

She was a production designer and illustrator, hired to work for David O. Selznik in 1938.. where her work space had to be walled off from her resentful male colleagues (jerks). She was responsible for influencing the German Expressionistic look of Hitchcock’s Films, including “Shadow of a Doubt” (seen below) and “Rear Window.” She worked on over 30 films, including “Gone With the Wind” (she designed the famous Tara, seen in the first image). Dorothea also worked at RKO with famed French director Jean Renoir, at Universal Studios, and at Paramount before being hired by Walt Disney Imagineering.

At Disney, she helped envision parts of Disneyland and Disneyworld, including the idea of the Disney Dream Suite in New Orleans Square. But, in my opinion, her most beautiful contribution was the mural designs for Cinderella’s castle. (The mural was installed by artist Hanns Scharff, and both their signatures appear on the work.) She had an incredible range of talent and style, an innate sense of place-making, and masterful use of light and shadow. More of the mural can be seen here: