Mary Zophres

Mary Zophres
Born Maria Zafeiropoulou
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Occupation Costume designer
Years active 1989 – present
Spouse(s) Murray Valeriano

Mary Zophres (born Maria Zafeiropoulou) is an American costume designer who has worked in the film industry since 1989. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the 2010 film True Grit.[1] She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design for True Grit and for the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can.[2]

Zophres was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York,[3] and she graduated with degrees in art history and studio art. Zophres worked in the fashion industry for Norma Kamali and Esprit.[4] She was hired as the extras wardrobe supervisor for Oliver Stone's 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July, working under costume designer Judy Ruskin.[3][4] She subsequently worked as associate costume designer for Ruskin for three more films, including the 1991 film City Slickers. Zophres moved to Los Angeles and worked for designer Richard Hornung on three films, including the 1994 film The Hudsucker Proxy by the Coen brothers. When Hornung was too sick to work on the Coens' 1996 film Fargo, Zophres took over. She subsequently had a creative partnership with the Coen brothers on their subsequent films and has also worked on a variety of other films.[3]


Personal life

On March 9, 2006, Zophres married Comedy Central producer/writer Murray Valeriano.


  1. "Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  2. "Search Results". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 Landis, Deborah Nadoolman (2012). Filmcraft: Costume Design. Focal Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-240-81866-5.
  4. 1 2 "Filmmakers | Mary Zophres | Inside Llewyn Davis". StudioCanal. Retrieved November 18, 2013.

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