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Helen Gregorian dies at 88

Costumer worked on 1970s variety shows

Costumer Helen Gregorian, who worked as a wardrobe mistress for all the major studios on films, television series and specials, as well as Las Vegas shows, during a 35-year career, died of cancer on Aug. 22 in Shadow Hills, Calif. She was 88.

Designers including Jean Louis and Bob Mackie trusted and depended upon Gregorian, an in-demand cutter/fitter in Hollywood during the 1970s heyday of TV variety shows and specials. At the time she worked on “The Carol Burnett Show,” working with Burnett; Sonny and Cher’s variety shows, fitting the stars; and variety specials for Mitzi Gaynor, Raquel Welch and Ann-Margret.

Other series work included “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “Knight Rider.”

Gregorian was part of the “thirtysomething” team honored by the Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding costuming for a series in the 1988-89 season.

Her last TV show before she retired was NBC’s “Friends.”

Gregorian also did feature work on “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972) and “Funny Lady” (1975).

She also personally fitted stars including Nell Carter, Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Carol Channing, Sylvester Stallone.

Gregorian was a member of IATSE Local 705 Motion Picture Costumers.

Survivors include a daughter; two sons; and two grandchildren: actor, producer and film festival director Alex Kalognomos Jr. and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” makeup artist Helen Kalognomos.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at noon at the Church of the Little Flowers, Forest Lawn, Glendale.

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