Gwen <I>Sewell</I> Wakeling

Gwen Sewell Wakeling

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 6 Jun 1982 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 61019055 · View Source
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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 he was working for Pathe Studios, and he took her with him when he moved over to Paramount Pictures. In 1933 she went to work for Fox Films as the studio's head costume designer. In 1941 she suffered the traumas of a death in her family and a serious illness because of a ruptured appendix, and quit Fox the next year and became a freelancer. She later married writer/director Henry J. Staudigl. She won an Oscar for costume design for Samson and Delilah (1949).

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  • Created by: William Forrest Sutton
  • Added: 2 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 61019055
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