Oscar-winning director Tony Walton dies aged 87

Tony Walton 

Tony Walton 

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Oscar-winning director, British set and costume designer, Tony Walton, is dead.

He died aged 87, his family has confirmed.

His stepdaughter, Bridget LeRoy, who shared the news on Facebook said; "A fond and loving farewell to the most fabulous stepdad and human being in the world.

"Love you forever, Tony Walton. Have a great trip."

Walton won three Tony Awards for his work on Pippin (1973), House of Blue Leaves (1986), and Guys and Dolls (1992).

For his work in movies, he won an Oscar, for All That Jazz (1979), and for his work in television he won an Emmy, for the acclaimed 1985 TV version of Death of a Salesman.

In addition, he received three more Academy Award nominations for his work in Mary Poppins (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and The Wiz (1978).

Walton married his childhood sweetheart Julie Andrews in 1959, and together they had a daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.

They later divorced in 1968 but remained close friends.

Walton then married Gen LeRoy in 1991. Walton, Andrews and their daughter worked together professionally several times.

He illustrated several children's books written by Andrews and their daughter.

The three-time Tony Awards winner died from complications of a stroke on 2 March 2022, at the age of 87.

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