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Jack Kerness, (January 30, 1911 – January 9, 2010) was an art director for five Hollywood studios over his 70-year career working with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock and others.[1]

He spent 37 years at Columbia Pictures and is noted for creating what is considered one of the best movie posters of all time. [2] The poster is of Rita Hayworth starring in the title role of "Gilda." Noted photographer Robert Coburn took the full-length color Kodachrome while Jack Kerness acted as the art director, creating a sultry image of Hayworth in a Jean Louis gown.[1]


Kerness died on January 9, 2010 in Canoga Park, California three weeks before his 99th birthday after a short stay at the Motion Picture Hospital. The cause of death was listed as natural causes.[1]



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