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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
Died in Paris, France
Birth NameRoman Petrovich Tyrtov

Mini Bio (1)

Erté was born on November 23, 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia as Roman Petrovich Tyrtov. He was a costume designer and art director, known for The Restless Sex (1920), Magic coiffeur (1961) and Édition spéciale (ciné-ballet) (1961). He died on April 21, 1990 in Paris, France.

Trivia (8)

A 1967 exhibition of his work was bought - in toto - by the Metropolitan Museum of art... the first time the museum had bought an entire exhibit.
He worked up until several weeks before his death at 95, and at the time was building a new home in Majorca.
His two cats, Caramelle and Talia, sat by his side while he worked.
Illustrated numerous covers for Harper's Bazaar.
Designed sets and costumes for stage shows, including productions for Ziegfeld Follies and Greenwich Village Follies, from the 1920's onward.
Had a tempestuous working relationship with Lillian Gish while he was designing for her film La Bohème (1926) and ultimately left the film industry after only briefly establishing himself as a Hollywood costume designer.
His fanciful cover art for the Hearst-owned magazine Harper's Bazaar led to his first job on a film, the Marion Davies vehicle The Restless Sex (1920). He would not contribute designs to a film for another five years.
His favorite movie star to dress during his time at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was Carmel Myers. He also professed to enjoy working with Renée Adorée and Claire Windsor. He told the press that he was saddened to have never designed for Eleanor Boardman.

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