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Also Known As: Bernice Rose Bellomo Died: July 24, 1993
Born: April 25, 1907 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Italy Profession: costume designer, wardrobe department head

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Worked in the costume departments of Paramount, MGM and Universal beginning in the 1930s and eventually became head of the wardrobe department at RKO. Pontrelli designed clothes for such stars as Ginger Rogers, Joan Fontaine and Claudette Colbert, and her creations appeared in films including "Blood on the Moon" (1948), "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "How the West Was Won" (1963) and "True Grit" (1969). She also worked on the TV shows "The Fugitive" and "Love, American Style" in the 1960s and designed a line of women's sportswear before retiring at the end of the decade.

Worked in the costume departments of Paramount, MGM and Universal beginning in the 1930s and eventually became head of the wardrobe department at RKO. Pontrelli designed clothes for such stars as Ginger Rogers, Joan Fontaine and Claudette Colbert, and her creations appeared in films including "Blood on the Moon" (1948), "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "How the West Was Won" (1963) and "True Grit" (1969). She also worked on the TV shows "The Fugitive" and "Love, American Style" in the 1960s and designed a line of women's sportswear before retiring at the end of the decade.

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Moved with her family from Italy to the USA when she was a child
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Began career in the early 1930s working for the Western Costume Company of Hollywood
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Became head of the wardrobe department at RKO
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Designed a line of women's sportswear in the late 1960s shortly before retiring
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granddaughter:
Bernice Mahfet. Survived her.

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