American costume designer. Born in Palo Alto, California; attended Westlake School for Girls in Southern California; attended Parson's School of Design, Paris, France; graduated from Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts).
Selected films as costume designer, alone or in collaboration: Dishonored Lady (1947); Lured (1947); So This Is New York (1948); The Pitfall (1948); Let's Live a Little (1948); Samson and Delilah (1948); Outpost in Morocco (1949); A Kiss for Corliss (1949); Mrs. Mike (1949); The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950); THe Groom Wore Spurs (1950); Cry Danger (1950); Deadline, USA (1952); Diplomatic Courier (1952); We're Not Married (1952); Something for the Birds (1952); Forever Darling (1955); Tron (1982).
The product of the Parson's School of Design, Paris branch, and a four-year course at the Chouinard Art Institute, Elois Jenssen negam jer career with producer Hunt Stromberg as a sketch artist and assistant to Natalie Visart . After Visart left to get married, Jenssen recieved her first screen credit for the stunningly sophisticated clothes she designed for Hedy Lamarr in Dishonored Lady (1947). When Stromberg closed his office, Jenssen freelanced, then was tapped to work with Edith Head , Dorothy Jeakins , Gile Steele, and Gewn Wakeling on the Cecil B. De Mille epic Samson and Delilah (1948); for their work, all five designers received the Academy Award for best color costume design in 1950. Jenssen then did a three-year stint with Twentieth Century-Fox before moving into television, where she designed for the series "Private Secretary" (with Ann Sothern ), "I Love Lucy" (with Lucile Ball ) "My Living Doll" (with Julie Newmar , and "Bracken's World" (with Evelyn Keyes). Jenssen returned to film in 1982 , winning another Academy Award nomination for her work with Rosanna Norton on Tron.