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Adele Balkan

Costume designer Adele Balkan, whose career encompassed 40 years, died Nov. 20 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Balkan began her costume designer career as a sketch artist in 1932 for Cecil B. De Mille’s “Cleopatra” at Paramount and worked nonstop until her retirement in 1972. Her credits for Par, Universal, RKO and 20th Century Fox, “Notorious,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “The Blue Angel” (with Mai Britt) and the Julie Andrews vehicle “Star!” She also worked as an assistant designer on “The Ten Commandments.”

Following her retirement, she became a full-time artist, and her costume sketches were exhibited at the L.A. County Museum of Art and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

She is survived by a brother, Edward Balkan, a producer of video documentaries.

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