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Former Academy President Gene Allen Dead at 97

Gene Allen, a former president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, passed away on Wednesday (October 7) at his home in Newport Beach, Calif.

The art designer passed away from natural causes and was 97 years old.

Gene additionally served as the executive director of the Art Directors Guild and won an Oscar for his art-direction in My Fair Lady in 1965, among many other Oscar nominations.

Gene Allen displayed verve and brio in his 27 years leading the Art Directors Guild. Add to this his service as an IATSE Vice President, President of the Motion Picture Academy, and his multiple Oscar nominations (and wins) for Art Direction and you’re looking at a protean career unlikely soon to be matched. He will be sorely missed by his many friends (including me) in the labor and entertainment communities,” said Scott Roth, Executive Director of the ADG.

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Gene‘s family and friends during this difficult time.