Helen A. Myron

Helen A. Myron was a costume designer at Fox Film and 20th Century Fox from 1933 to 1940. She is credited on about 40 motion pictures, mostly B movies including five Charlie Chan films. She has been noted in several histories of costume design for film.[2][3][4][5][6]

Helen A. Myron
Helen Alberta Markowitz[1]

(1905-04-08)April 8, 1905
DiedSeptember 11, 1983(1983-09-11) (aged 78)
Other namesHelen Alberta Cramer
OccupationCostume designer
Years active1933 - 1940
Known forDesigning costumes for motion picture actors
Spouse(s)Duncan Cramer

Myron graduated from the University of California - Berkeley, and commenced her career in costume design in 1933.[1] In 1941 she married Duncan Cramer, who was an art director at 20th Century Fox. Cramer and Myron are credited together on five films released in 1935 and 1936.[7] After 1940, there is just a single, 1947 credit for Helen Myron;[8] Duncan Cramer's career continued through 1971. A photograph of Myron's "hostess pyjama outfit", worn by Claire Trevor in the 1935 film Navy Wife, is still widely reproduced.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Who's Who in Hollywood: Profile". The Detroit Jewish Chronicle. August 9, 1935. p. 7. The newest, youngest, and most attractive screen stylist in Hollywood is a young Jewish girl from San Francisco, Helen Myron. She is the daughter of Dan Markowitz, one of the pioneers of the motion picture industry.
  2. ^ Helen A. Myron at IMDb
  3. ^ Hanke, Ken (2004). Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism. McFarland. ISBN 9780786419210. OCLC 55128815. Reprinting of the 1989 edition.
  4. ^ Leese, Elizabeth (2012). Costume Design in the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers. Dover Publications. ISBN 9780486134291. OCLC 969769645. Reprinting of a book originally published in 1976.
  5. ^ Smyth, J. E. (March 2, 2018). Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190840846. [Edith] Head had competition from more than Wakeling and West as Hollywood's top female designer. From the early 1930s to the late 1950s and the end of the studio era, women were equally represented as the industry's top costume designers. In addition to Head, Renié, Tree, Wakeling, Irene Lentz Gibbons, and West, there were ... Helen A. Myron, ...
  6. ^ Sculthorpe, Derek (2018). Claire Trevor: The Life and Films of the Queen of Noir. McFarland. p. 43. ISBN 9781476630694. Most of these outfits were designed by Louis Royer, the resident Fox costumier, but she was seen in other creations by the B-movie designers Herschel McCoy, Helen Myron and the Russian stylist Rega.
  7. ^ Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Thunder in the Night (1935), This Is the Life (1935), Paddy O'Day (1936), Charlie Chan's Secret (1936).
  8. ^ Whispering City (1947) - credited for "Miss Anderson's wardrobe".
  9. ^ "NAVY WIFE, Claire Trevor". The Everett Collection. Rega was credited for "gowns" in Navy Wife. The photograph is part of a collection made by Morris Everett, Jr.; it isn't clear why Myron was credited for this particular outfit.

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