Kim, Willa

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Kim, Willa Gender: F
Willa K. Kim
born on 30 June 1917 at 22:02 (= 10:02 PM )
Place Santa Ana, California, 33n45, 117w52
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 08°49' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°53 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 02°05'


American costume designer who won Tony Awards for her costume designs for the Broadway shows, Sophisticated Ladies (1981) and The Will Rogers Follies (1991). She received an additional four Tony Award nominations and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design twice.

Kim designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre as well as other dance companies, including more than 50 works for Eliot Feld. Furthermore, in 2007 Kim was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, making her one of only a handful of costume designers so honored. Her other Broadway credits include Bosoms and Neglect (1979).

In 1955, Kim married children's book illustrator and Paris Review co-founder William Pene du Bois, who was also the cousin of her mentor Raoul Pene Du Bois. Kim's brother, Colonel Young Oak Kim, was a highly decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Willa Kim died on 23 December 2016 at the age of 99 in Vashon Island, Washington.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1955 (William Pene du Bois)
  • Work : Prize 2007 (American Theater Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file. The time of birth is handwritten as "10 : 2 P.M."


  • Traits : Body : Race (Asian, Korean)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Her brother also noted)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 99)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (Costume designer)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (American Theater)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (Two)