Jane Michelle Musky

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Born (1954-05-27) May 27, 1954 (age 69)
Maplewood, New Jersey
Alma materBoston University
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director

Jane Michelle Musky is an American production designer and art director. She is known for designing romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally.[1], Maid in Manhattan, and Hitch [2], as well as serious films such as Glengarry Glen Ross [3], Finding Forrester [4], and The Seagull [5], including the first two films by the Coen brothers, Blood Simple and Raising Arizona [6].

Early Life and Education

Jane Musky was born in Maplewood, New Jersey on May 27, 1954. Her father, John Peter Musky, was a musician, and her mother, Olga Badaukus Musky, was a real estate broker [7]. She has two brothers. Jane attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, graduating in 1972, already interested in designing for the theater. She then attended Boston University College of Fine Arts where she received a BFA, and helped to create the women’s crew team, winning the Gold medal (1976) and Silver medal (1978) in the National Women’s Crew Championship. Musky wrote and directed a short film about the origins of women’s crew at Boston University called “NINE”.


Musky began her professional career in the theater, working as an art designer in London as well as in New York City. She worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as on Broadway (“The News” and “Barnum”).

Her career in film-making began with the Coen Brothers’ crime drama movie “Blood Simple”. Her work came into great prominence when she made “When Harry Met Sally” [8] (the choice of Katz Deli for the famous “faked orgasm” scene arose when Musky, Rob Reiner, Steve Nicolaides, and Dona Bloom were having lunch there and realized it was an ideal setting). Musky then designed “Ghost”, working professionally with her husband, Tony Goldwyn, for the first time [9].

Musky has designed over 50 movies, including “Raising Arizona”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Maid in Manhattan”, “Finding Forrester”, “Mona Lisa Smile”, “Hitch”, “Music and Lyrics” the Russian drama “The Seagull” and The People We Hate at the Wedding [10]. She has also worked in television, including designing the revival of “Murphy Brown” [11]

Jane Musky also serves as a very active mentor in the Equity Through Design mentorship program [12], helping to make the stage and film industry more diverse by fostering the careers of URM students interested in the design profession.  

Personal Life

Jane Musky married actor, director and producer Tony Goldwyn in April, 1987, whom she met at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. They have two daughters, Anna Musky-Goldwyn and Tess Frances Goldwyn.


  1. Nast, Condé (December 14, 2022). "'When Harry Met Sally' Finally Deemed Culturally Important By the National Film Registry". Vanity Fair.
  2. Christ, Mary (February 29, 2004). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: NEW YORK CLOSE UP; Sets and the City" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. Nast, Condé (October 4, 2022). "How the 'Glengarry Glen Ross' "Coffee Is for Closers" Scene Got Made". Vanity Fair.
  4. "Finding Forrester".
  5. Nast, Condé (May 14, 2018). "Annette Bening and Production Designer Jane Musky Take Us Behind the Scenes of The Seagull Set". Architectural Digest.
  6. Decker, Kate (May 27, 2020). "20 Things You Didn't Know About Raising Arizona". WhatCulture.com.
  7. "Jane Musky's Biograhy And Her Life With Tony Goldwyn". October 27, 2020.
  8. James, Caryn (July 12, 1989). "Review/Film; It's Harry [ Loves ] Sally in a Romance Of New Yorkers and Neuroses" – via NYTimes.com.
  9. "Interview with Production Designer Jane Musky (When Harry Met Sally…, Ghost)". March 1, 2016.
  10. https://assets.adg.org/media/awards/2022-12-07_16-35-10/27th_ADG_AWARDS_TELEVISION_COMMERCIALS_AND_MUSIC_VIDEOS_ELIGIBILITY_LIST_V-4b.pdf
  11. https://assets.adg.org/media/press/2019-01-07_08-26-04/ADG__Nominations_2019_-FINAL_5.pdf
  12. "HOME". ETDMentorship.

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