Jill Richards, fashion designer, 85

Actress appeared in several 1950s films

Fashion designer and actress Jill Richards died April 21 in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 85.

Richard appeared in several films during the 1950s including “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine,” “April in Paris” and “This Woman is Dangerous.” On TV, she appeared in “The Cisco Kid,” “Death Valley Days,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Dragnet” and “Four Star Theater.”

A longtime member of Arthur Kennedy’s Stage Society, she set up a design studio with the help of theater friends during the late 1960s. Nancy Reagan was an early customer, and she went on to create special occasion outfits for clients including Shirley Jones, Eva Gabor, Victoria Principal, Lynda Carter and Farrah Fawcett.

Her clothes appeared on TV shows including “The Love Boat,” “The Colbys” and “Star Search.”

After her career in fashion design, Richards went on to become a fashion critic and journalist for Los Angeles newspapers.

She is survived by a son, two granddaughters and a grandson.

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