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Travilla (1920–1990)

The man who draped a fringed Idaho potato sack on Marilyn Monroe for a famous snapshot - proving that she looked good in anything - was born on Catalina Island off the California coast on March 22 1920. He studied at the Chouinard School of Art in L.A., showing a precocious talent for drawing fashion design from an early age. By the time he was ... See full bio »

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Adventures of Don Juan Costume Designer
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Costume Designer
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 1984-1986 Dallas (TV Series) (61 episodes)
- Serendipity (1986)
- J.R. Rising (1986)
 1984-1986 Knots Landing (TV Series) (60 episodes)
 1985 Berrenger's (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Part 4 (1983)
- Part 3 (1983)
- Part 2 (1983)
- Part 1 (1983)
 1981 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Movie)
 1981 Evita Peron (TV Movie)
 1980 The Silent Lovers (TV Movie)
 1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War (TV Movie)
 1980 This Year's Blonde (TV Movie)
 1980 Cabo Blanco
 1979 She's Dressed to Kill (TV Movie)
 1971 The Diahann Carroll Special (TV Special)
 1970 WUSA
 1969 The Big Cube (gowns)
 1967 Valley of the Dolls (gowns)
 1963 Take Her, She's Mine (gowns)
 1963 Mary, Mary
 1963 The Stripper
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1958) ... (Shirley Temple's gown)
 1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (as Billy Travilla)
 1956 Bus Stop (costumes designed by)
 1956 23 Paces to Baker Street (costumes designed by)
 1955 The Tall Men (costumes designed by)
 1955 The Seven Year Itch (costumes designed by)
 1955 White Feather (costumes designed by)
 1954 Black Widow (costumes designed by)
 1954 The Raid
 1954 Broken Lance
 1954 River of No Return (costumes designed by)
 1954 Hell and High Water (costumes designed by)
 1953 Man in the Attic (costumes designed by)
 1953 How to Marry a Millionaire (costumes designed by)
 1953 Appointment in Honduras (uncredited)
 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (costumes designed by)
 1953 Powder River
 1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway (costumes designed by)
 1952 Monkey Business (costumes designed by)
 1952 Dreamboat
 1952 Lydia Bailey
 1952 Viva Zapata! (costumes designed by)
 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still (costumes designed by)
 1951 On the Riviera (costumes designed by)
 1951 Half Angel (as William Travilla)
 1951 Rawhide
 1950 I'll Get By
 1950 Mister 880
 1950 No Way Out
 1950 Panic in the Streets (costumes designed by)
 1950 The Gunfighter (costumes designed by)
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home (costumes designed by)
 1949 The Inspector General (costumes)
 1949 Dancing in the Dark (as William Travilla)
 1948 Silver River (uncredited)
 1947 Escape Me Never (costume designer: ballet)
 1947 Cry Wolf
 1943 The Woman of the Town (gowns)
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad (as William Travilla)
 1941 Fiesta
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (23 credits)
Show Show Self (4 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Billy Travilla | Bill Travilla | William Travilla | Wm. Travilla

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During his career, Travilla created a number of film costumes for Errol Flynn and Marilyn Monroe. In 1980, he created the costumes for 2 films based on the lives of those iconic stars. "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" starring Duncan Regehr as Errol Flynn and "This Year's Blonde" starring Constance Forslund as Marilyn Monroe. See more »



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