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Gwen Wakeling (1901–1982)

Gwen Wakeling was born in Detroit. Her father was a mining engineer whose work resulted in the family moving every few years, and she wound up living everywhere from Seattle to Los Angeles to Prescott, Arizona. Upon graduating high school she got a job as a fashion artist in a department store. She soon was hired by director Cecil B. DeMille when ... See full bio »

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The Grapes of Wrath Costume Designer
Samson and Delilah Costume Designer
International Lady Costume Designer
The Count of Monte Cristo Costume Designer


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 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Sybil (1965)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Mother Goose (1958)
- The Nightingale (1958)
 1957 The River's Edge (costumes)
 1956 Johnny Concho
 1955 Blood Alley (costumes designed by)
 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana (uncredited)
 1953 Plunder of the Sun (uncredited)
 1951 Valentino (gowns)
 1947 Unconquered
 1944 Cover Girl (gowns)
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1942 Moontide
 1942 Roxie Hart
 1942 Song of the Islands (costumes)
 1941 How Green Was My Valley (costumes)
 1941 Swamp Water
 1941 Week-End in Havana (costumes)
 1941 A Man Betrayed (gowns)
 1940 Brigham Young
 1940 Young People (costumes)
 1940 Star Dust
 1940 Johnny Apollo (costumes)
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath (costumes)
 1940 He Married His Wife (costumes)
 1940 The Blue Bird (costumes)
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk (costumes)
 1939 The Rains Came (costumes)
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties (costumes)
 1939 The Gorilla
 1939 The Little Princess (costumes)
 1939 Tail Spin
 1938 Kentucky (costumes)
 1938 Just Around the Corner (costumes)
 1938 Gateway
 1938 Little Miss Broadway (costumes)
 1938 Kidnapped (costumes)
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band (costumes)
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (costumes)
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (costumes)
 1937 Heidi (costumes)
 1937 Wee Willie Winkie (costumes)
 1937 On the Avenue (costumes)
 1936 White Hunter
 1936 Dimples (costumes)
 1936 Ladies in Love (costumes)
 1936 Ramona
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl (costumes)
 1936 Private Number (costumes)
 1936 Half Angel
 1936 Under Two Flags (costumes)
 1936 Captain January (costumes)
 1936 The Country Doctor (costumes)
 1936 King of Burlesque (costumes)
 1935 The Littlest Rebel (costumes)
 1935 Millions in the Air (uncredited)
 1934 The Count of Monte Cristo (gowns)
 1934 The House of Rothschild (costumes designed by)
 1934 Moulin Rouge (uncredited)
 1933 Gallant Lady
 1932 Carnival Boat (costumes)
 1932 Lady with a Past (costumes)
 1932 Panama Flo (costumes)
 1931 The Big Shot
 1931 Prestige (costumes)
 1931 Suicide Fleet (uncredited)
 1931 Bad Company
 1931 Freighters of Destiny (uncredited)
 1931 The Tip-Off
 1931 Devotion (costumes)
 1931 The Big Gamble (costumes)
 1931 Rebound
 1931 The Common Law (costumes)
 1931 Born to Love (costumes)
 1931 Beyond Victory (costumes)
 1931 Lonely Wives
 1930 Sin Takes a Holiday (costumes)
 1930/I Big Money
 1930 Her Man
 1930 Swing High
 1929 Rich People
 1929 Paris Bound
 1929 Alibi (uncredited)
 1927 The King of Kings (uncredited)
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (15 credits)

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Her first movie as costume designer was King of Kings in 1927, her last was Frankie and Johnny designing for the "King" Elvis Presley. See more »

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