Maria Bjornson, whose production design for Phantom of the Opera is one of the most famous in the history of Broadway and the West End, was found dead in her London home on December 13. She was 53. According to the London Times, Bjornson’s life was marked by a series of bizarre twists and turns. She was born in Paris, in 1949, to Mia Prodan, a young Romanian woman studying at the Sorbonne. Her father was Bjorn Bjornson, who was 20 years older than Prodan, and who was a descendant of ...

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