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Oliver Messel (1904–1978)

Oliver Messel was born on January 13, 1904 in London, England as Oliver Hilary Sambourne Messel. He is known for his work on Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). He died on July 13, 1978 in Bridgetown, Barbados. See full bio »


(age 74) in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Known For

Suddenly, Last Summer
Suddenly, Last Summer Costume Designer
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caesar and Cleopatra
Caesar and Cleopatra Art Department
The Thief of Bagdad
The Thief of Bagdad Costume Designer


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 2007 The Sleeping Beauty (TV Movie) (original 1946 scenery designs)
 1956 On Such a Night (Short) (designer: "Le nozze di Figaro")
 1949 The Queen of Spades (settings)
 1946 Carnival (designer: ballet decor)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra (decor) / (jewellery - uncredited)
 1936 Romeo and Juliet (artistic consultant) / (settings)
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 2007 The Sleeping Beauty (TV Movie) (1946 designs)
 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer (uncredited)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra (costumes)
 1940 The Thief of Bagdad (costumes designed by)
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 1949 The Queen of Spades (costumer)
 1946 Carnival (designer: ballet costumes)
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel (dresses designer: Miss Merle Oberon)
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 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Breath of Spring (1958)
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 1957 Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series)
- M (1957) ... Himself

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He was costume designer for Karl Vollmoeller's play, "The Miracle," at the Lyceum Theatre in London, England with Tilly Losch, Leonide Massine, Glen Byam Shaw, Lyn Harding, and Diana Manners in the cast. Max Reinhardt was director. Engelbert Humperdinck composed music. Leonide Massine was also choreographer. Professor Oskar ... See more »

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Father: Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel; Mother: Maud Frances Sambourne. See more »

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