The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) will honor Emmy Award-winning set decorator Anne McCulley with the Earl Cooperman Lifetime Achievement Award during its 23rd annual awards luncheon on April 10. The luncheon honors SDSA members who have contributed to the art and craft of set decoration. The event will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and includes the popular raffle and art auction, the latter of which will benefit the charity Inner City Arts.
A Tennessee native, McCulley began her career in the Universal Studios prop department in the early 1970s. Facing challenges common to women at the time, she worked her way to being hired as the first female leadperson for the television series Columbo under set decorator and mentor Jerry Adams. She became the first woman to emerge as a set decorator from the property department for the TV series Kojak. McCulley went on to win an Emmy Award for outstanding art direction or scenic design for a dramatic special for ABC’s Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, shared with production designer Jan Scott. Her continued work in television earned her four more Emmy nominations.
Moving from television to film throughout her career, Airplane! was McCulley’s first feature film as a set decorator. Her career flourished with acclaimed films including Nine To Five, Purple Rain, Silverado, Ruthless People, Nuts, The War Of The Roses, Antwone Fisher, National Treasure and Alvin And The Chipmunks.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy and the American Society of Interior Designers.
SDSA members donate their original works of art for the popular SDSA art auction. This year’s auction will benefit Inner-City Arts. A special section of the auction, the Kate Sheeley Outreach, benefits the Motion Picture Television Fund.
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