ACADEMY MUSEUM EXCLUSIVE The ruby slipper enamel pendant on a 16in chain designed by Susan Kare inspired by the film The Wizard of Oz.
Susan Kare joined Apple Computer in 1982 as the artist in the Macintosh software group. The designer “who gave the Macintosh a smile,” she is best known for creating the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other pixel elements that gave the Macintosh its characteristic—and widely emulated—friendly look and feel. These exclusive designs were inspired by objects in the museum collection and the Academy Awards.
The ruby slippers are the magic pair of shoes worn by Dorothy Gale as played by Judy Garland in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film The Wizard of Oz. Because of their iconic stature, the ruby slippers are among the most valuable items of film memorabilia and are on display in the Academy Museum gallery.
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film was primarily directed by Victor Fleming (who left the production to take over the troubled Gone with the Wind), and stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton. Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf received credit for the screenplay, but others made uncredited contributions. The songs were written by Edgar "Yip" Harburg and composed by Harold Arlen. The musical score and incidental music were composed by Herbert Stothart.