August 19, 2013

Grady Hunt, Primetime Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer

Hunt, who worked on dozens of series and made-for-television movies, received nine Emmy nominations during his career.

Grady Hunt, a Primetime Emmy-nominated costume designer, died May 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was 91. Born May 16, 1921, in Lone Oak, Texas, Hunt began his costuming career after two years in the Navy during World War II, with the establishment of his couture shop, Gradis, on Lover’s Lane in Dallas. There, he also designed for many of Dallas’s elite ladies; his favorites included the late Mrs. Clint Murchison, Jr. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s. Hunt earned nine Primetime Emmy nominations during his career, and in 2007 he received the Costume Designers Guild Lifetime Career Achievement in Television Award. Hunt's first costume project was for a fellow Texan, then working as a theater director, named Aaron Spelling. When he broke into television, he was known for the costuming for The Milton Berle Show, Saturday Night Review and the Colgate Comedy Hour. Together with Edith Head, he dressed Marlene Dietrich in the feature film Witness for the Prosecution, he dressed Angie Dickinson when she starred in Police Woman and he served as a costumer at Columbia Pictures for 15 years. Other leading ladies he dressed included Anne Baxter, Joan Crawford, Eartha Kitt, Ruta Lee and Donna Wynter. His numerous other television credits included Run for Your Life, Rod Sterling’s Night Gallery, The Name of the Game, Hec Ramsey, Ironside, Mr. Merlin, The Sixth Sense, Banacek, The New Mike Hammer, Switch, Blue Thunder, Hart to Hart, T.J. Hooker and Hart to Hart. His Emmy nominations include, Fantasy Island, (1980, 1982 & 1977), The Dream Merchants (1980), Belulah Land (1981), Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978), Quark (1978), The Quest (1977), The Snoop Sisters (1974) and Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1973). Hunt also worked on such feature films as The Perils Of Pauline (1967), Jigsaw (1968), The Shakiest Gun In the West (1968) and The Other Side of the Mountain (1975).

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