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Date Posted: November 01, 2002 4:34:14 EDT
Nathan Juran, who won an Academy Award for art direction for 1941's "How Green Was My Valley," then went on to direct B-movies including "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman," has died. He was 95.
Juran died Oct. 23 of natural causes at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, the Daily Breeze of Torrance reported.
The Austrian-born son of an immigrant shoemaker, Juran grew up in Minneapolis and earned an architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was an architect in Depression-era New York before entering the film business in 1937 as an art director.
For "How Green Was My Valley," Juran helped transform a Malibu ranch into a Welsh mining town. He and Richard Day shared the Oscar for art direction of a black-and-white film.
Juran's career was interrupted by World War II, during which he performed photographic work with the Office of Strategic Services.
He returned to Hollywood after the war as an art director on movies including "Harvey," starring James Stewart, and later turned to directing films and television shows.
Most of his films were low-budget Westerns, science fiction and horror films, such as 1958's "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" and "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad."
In 1970 he retired from filmmaking and returned to architecture.
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