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Hollywood costume designer Michael Woulfe, who dressed golden age movie stars, dies at 89

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Hollywood costume designer Michael Woulfe, who created Judy Garland's gown for "A Star is Born" and barely covered Jane Russell for her role in "The French Line," has died. He was 89.

Woulfe died of natural causes Aug. 30 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's hospital in Woodland Hills, California, spokeswoman Jennifer Fagen said Wednesday.

Woulfe began his costume designing career at 25, when he was tapped to dress Sylvia Sidney in the James Cagney production of "Blood on the Sun."

He worked under contract for RKO Studios, serving as head designer on more than 100 films. He designed gowns for Ava Gardner, Janet Leigh, Jean Simmons and Marilyn Monroe. But he was proudest of the dress he designed in 1954 for Garland in "A Star is Born."

Woulfe also designed costumes and dresses for Las Vegas nightclub acts by Garland, Lena Horne, Betty Hutten, Russell and Debbie Reynolds.

Woulfe is survived by his good friend David Jervis and nephew Charles Kaplan of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A private memorial will be held for family and close friends.

Contributions may be made in Woulfe's name to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California.

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