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A Serious Man is Mary Zophres’ ninth consecutive collaboration with the Coen Brothers as costume designer, following Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother Where Art Thou?; The Man Who Wasn’t There; Intolerable Cruelty; The Ladykillers; No Country for Old Men; and Burn After Reading. Earlier, she was assistant costume designer for the Coens on The Hudsucker Proxy.
She has been the costume designer on several movies for Steven Spielberg including The Terminal; Catch Me If You Can, which brought her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Costume Design; and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Ms. Zophres’ other films as costume designer include the Farrelly Brothers’ first three movies (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There’s Something About Mary); Timothy Hutton’s Digging to China; Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday; Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World; Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile; Bruno Barreto’s View from the Top; Nora Ephron’s Bewitched; Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces; and Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs.
She earned a degree in art history and studio art from Vassar College before beginning her professional career working in the fashion industry for Norma Kamali and Esprit. She began working in the film industry as the extras wardrobe supervisor on Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.
Ms. Zophres is currently at work as costume designer on Jon Favreau’s Iron Man sequel, starring Robert Downey, Jr.