After recently undergoing heart surgery in February, Leslie Pope passed away May 6, 2020 in Venice California. Pope was born June 2, 1954 in Bowling Green, Ky. After graduating College High she studied Biology at Antioch College. But in 1979 after discovering she detested animal dissection, she decided to move to New York to begin a career in film like her brother, cinematographer Bill Pope (The Matrix, Spider-Man 2).
Imdb.com lists her as Set Decorator for 40 films and being known for her work on Avengers: Endgame (2019), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Seabiscuit (2003). Other films she worked on included: After Hours, Angel Heart, Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco, Catch Me If You Can, Django Unchained and Ant Man.
In 2004 she was nominated for an Oscar for her set decoration on Seabiscuit, but lost to Lord of the Rings. She was also nominated for seven other awards for films including Seabiscuit, Django Unchained and Captain America. She won the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design award in 2020 for Avengers: Endgame (2019). Pope was also an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
In a 2014 interview for the Oscars she discussed Production Design in the 21st Century saying. "People often think that we're interior decorators, which we are to a certain extent, You never know what we're going to be asked to do to service the script. We're sort of a combination of psychologist and logistics expert and interior decorator and human resources manager. We bring so many different talents to the one job classification. It's hard to describe to someone who hasn't done it."
Her obituary can be found on the Daily News.