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Erté (1892–1990)

Erté was born on November 23, 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia as Romaine de Tirtoff. He was a costume designer and art director, known for The Restless Sex (1920), Dance Madness (1926) and Time, the Comedian (1925). He died on April 21, 1990 in Paris, France. See full bio »


(age 97) in Paris, France

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Hide Hide Show Show Costume designer (9 credits)
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (uncredited)
 1926 Paris (uncredited)
 1926 La Boheme (uncredited)
 1926 Dance Madness
 1925 Sally, Irene and Mary (uncredited)
 1925 Bright Lights
 1923 The Prodigal Son (uncredited)
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 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (uncredited)
 1926 Paris (uncredited)
 1926 Dance Madness
 1925 Sally, Irene and Mary (uncredited)
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 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (costumes: Carmel Myers - uncredited)
 1925 The Mystic (gowns: Aileen Pringle - uncredited)
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 1925 1925 Studio Tour (Documentary short)
Himself - a Costume Designer (as Romaine de Tirtoff Erte)
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 2000 Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Artists and Models (1925). Musical revue. Music by Alfred Goodman, J. Fred Coots, Maurice Ruebens and Sigmund Romberg. Material by Harold Atteridge and Harry Wagstaff Gribble. Lyrics by Clifford Grey. Musical orchestration by Emil Gerstenberger. Musical direction by Oscar Bradley. Costume design by Erté and George Barbier. ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Romaine de Tirtoff Erte | Erte

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Had a tempestuous working relationship with Lillian Gish while he was designing for her film La Boheme (1926) and ultimately left the film industry after only briefly establishing himself as a Hollywood costume designer. See more »

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