Laura Mako, Interior Designer for Hollywood Legends, Dies at 102

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Her clients included Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Henry Mancini.

Laura Mako, an interior designer who helped decorate the homes of Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Henry Mancini and Gerald Ford, died Friday in Beverly Hills. She was 102.

Mako worked as an interior designer and decorator for more than 75 years. Born on May 29, 1916, she studied at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and the New York School of Interior Design.

As Laura Church, she married Gene Mako in November 1941. A member of the International tennis Hall of Fame, he won four Grand Slam doubles championships while partnering with Don Budge. He died in 2013 at age 97.

Survivors include numerous godchildren. A memorial service will take place May 22 at the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills, California.