Costume Designer Grady Hunt Dies at 91

Grady Hunt Dead; Designed Costumes for Fantasy Island

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Nine-times Emmy nominated costume designer Grady Hunt died May 5 in Hollywood. He was 91.

Born on May 16, 1921 in Lone Oak, Texas, the costumer began his career — after  serving in the Navy during WWII — by opening a couture shop called Gradis in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1950s, his first project was designing costumes for then-theater director Aaron Spelling.

Hunt was a costumer for Columbia Pictures for 15 years, and is most remembered for his work on “The Milton Berle Show,” “Saturday Night Review” and the “Colgate Comedy Hour” as well as styling such stars as  Anne Baxter, Joan Crawford, Eartha Kitt, Ruta Lee and Donna Wynter.

His Emmy-nominated work included “Fantasy Island,” “The Dream Merchants” (1980), “Belulah Land” (1981), “Ziegfield: The Man and His Women” (1978), “Quark” (1978), “The Quest” (1977), “The Snoop Sisters “ (1974) and “Columbo: Dagger of the Mind” (1973).

Hunt’s partner of 54 years, Emmy-award winning costume designer William L. “Bill” Jobe, died in 1997. He is survived by his sister Dorothea Lawson.