Sunday, May 31, 2015

RIP Julie Harris

Oscar-winning British costume designer Julie Harris has died at the age of 94. She died Saturday May 30th at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London after a brief illness from a chest infection. Born Diana Julie Harris in London on March 21, 1921, designed costumes for the 1967 film Casino Royale starring David Niven and Peter Sellers, Goodbye Mr Chips (1969), Dracula (1979) starring Laurence Olivier and for the Muppets in The Great Muppet Caper (1981).

On The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), a producer asked Harris to raise Jayne Mansfield’s plunging neckline to a more modest level. But when the star saw that the bar-room girls in the film had more revealing costumes, she objected strongly. Harris had to adjust all their necklines to be higher than Mansfield’s.

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