Gene Allen, American art director, died at 97

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Eugene Allen, born on June 17, 1918 and died October 7, 2015.

Gene was an American art director.

He followed his father and became a Los Angeles Police officer after he was laid off from his first job as a sketch artist.

After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Allen went to art school to pursue his career.

Gene won an Academy Award in 1965 for Best Art Direction for My Fair Lady, and was nominated for A Star Is Born in 1955 and for Les Girls in 1958.

He served as President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences from 1983 to 1985 and received a Special Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 1997.

Gene Allen died in October 2015 at the age of 97.

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