Sep 05, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
You might not be familiar with her name, but if you stayed up late on Saturday nights in the 1970’s, odds are you’re familiar with her work.
Tony award-winning costumer and set designer Franne Lee has died at the age 81.
Lee joined the fledgling Saturday Night Live and created the styles of some of the NBC’s late-night show’s most iconic characters including the Coneheads played by Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtain; the Nerds; Gilda Radnor’s Roseanne Roseannadanna and the Blues Brothers.
Lee was a top costume designer on Broadway in the 70’s, winning Tony Awards in 1974 and 1979 for two musicals directed by Harold Prince: Candide and the original production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and it was her work on Candide that caught the eye of Toronto-born SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
According to her daughter, Franne Lee died August 27 in Atlantis, Florida, following a brief illness.