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Kathe Klopp


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The Turner Sisters Jim Coyle
Kathy Wolveck Bob Breech
Wayne Stam Phil Hendrie
Chris Murphy Kathe Klopp



Kathe was yet another AHS alumni (Class of 1964) with a flair that was utilized in front of, and behind, the camera. For nearly two decades Kathe was one of Hollywood’s most in demand Set Decorators and Designers.


Kathe was born March 5, 1946 and quickly demonstrated her musical and artistic talents. She played cello in the school orchestra, but art was her passion. She could often be found sketching in her notebook. This love led her eventually to become a Set Designer for the long running CBS daytime drama The Young and The Restless, which also stars Kate Linder (AHS 1965). From there she moved into the field of motion pictures. Among her more notable films for which she was Set Designer and/or Decorator are Masters of the Universe (1987), Baja Oklahoma (1987), Split Decisions (1988), Pet Sematary (1989), How I Got Into College (1989), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Career Opportunities (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), The Program (1993), The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Escape From L.A. (1996), My Giant (1998), My First Mister (2001) and The Country Bears (2002).


Kathe was a member of both the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the folks that give out the Academy Awards! In addition, she helped develop the Set Decorators Society of America.


Sadly, after a long battle with cancer, Kathe passed away July 4, 2003 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was only 57.


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