Paula Lynne Kaatz

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January 19, 1946 - May 3, 2013
Paula Lynne Kaatz, Emmy winning Costumer and Union Organizer for Local Union 705, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 3rd, following a brief illness.

Paula was born in Chicago, IL but moved to California at the age of 8. She graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1964, and received a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1968 - with classmate Michael Douglas.

In 1969, she graduated from the Costuming Apprentice Program and began her 40 career in the Television/Motion Picture industry as a Costumer and Costume Designer. Her credits include the films: Man About Town, Wonderland, Hooper, The Green Mile, Batman Forever, Batman Returns, My Bodyguard, Aloha Summer, The Turning Point, Mister Majestyk, Lost In The Stars, M*A*S*H, The Great White Hope, Butch Cassidy And The Sundace Kid, and Hello Dolly! Television credits Include: M*A*S*H, Las Vegas, That's Life, Bull, Relativity, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, Angel Street, Bodies of Evidence, Lady Blue, The Dukes Of Hazard, Planet Of The Apes, and China Beach.

Paula had seven Emmy nominations during her career. She won Emmy's for: The made for television movie Pancho Barnes, China Beach (pilot), China Beach (the series) and The Letter.

Following her long career in the industry, and career-long involvement with the local unions, Paula went to work as the Field Rep./Organizer for Costumers Local 75, where she worked until the onset of her illness. She was also a member of Costume Designers Guild Local 892. She was member and past governor of the Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences and a delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

During her many years in the industry, Paula was instrumental for mentoring many young professionals and providing professional training at the Columbia College Summer in Los Angeles program, Woodbury College, Los Angeles Film School, and The Fashion Institute Of Design And Merchandising.

Despite Paula's impressive body of professional work, she will be remembered most fondly by family and friends for her altruism, humor, kindness, generosity, compassion, and storytelling. People she mentored became her life-long friends and colleagues welcomed her into their families. Paula loved traveling and always included a family member or friend in her adventures. Hawaii was always her favorite professional and personal destination.

Paula is survived by her brother, Benjamin Kaatz (Sarah), their children Joely and Gabrielle Kaatz, her step-sister Julia Rosenberg (Andy), niece Adrienne Rosenberg, and nephew Kevin Rosenberg.

Her memory will live on in the hearts of her family and friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 8, 2013
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