Kay Nelson

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Kay Nelson
Born September 14, 1909
Died September 1, 2003
Antioch, CA
Occupation costume designer
Years active 1944-1961
Spouse(s) Lyle R. Wheeler (March 17, 1949)-?
Children Maurice Emery Nelson, Karen Elizabeth Nelson Mason

Kay Nelson née Bushard was a Hollywood costume designer at 20th Century Fox[1] whose first film was Up in Mabel's Room in 1944. Over the next 17 years she provided the costumes for such films as Leave Her to Heaven (1945), Boomerang, Miracle on 34th Street and Gentleman's Agreement (all 1947) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949).

Jeanne Crain in Leave Her to Heaven (1945) in a costume designed by Kay Nelson.

At 20th Century Fox she worked under Charles LeMarie who assembled a talented department of costume designers including Rene Hubert, Bonnie Cashin and Olge Cassini.[2]

She was married to Lyle Wheeler, an Art Director at 20th Century Fox.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design (Color) for Mother Is a Freshman (1949).[3]

Her last film was the British crime drama The Mark in 1961.

Costume design credits[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Leese, Elizabeth (1991-01-01). Costume Design in the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486265483. 
  2. ^ Finler, Joel Waldo (2003-01-01). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. ISBN 9781903364666. 
  3. ^ Sova, Dawn B. Women in Hollywood: from vamp to studio head, p. 85 (1998) ("Kay Nelson earned a nomination in the color category for Mother Is a Freshman (1949).")

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