William Haines was a wisecracking film comedian of the 1920s who later became a famous decorator.
One of his decorating projects was the American embassy in London in 1969, a $1-million project funded by Ambassador Walter Annenberg, a longtime client.
"Decoration is an extension of what one person only likes," Haines once said. "If you think I am a good decorator, you like what I do, then there is no one better. If you dislike what I do, anyone is better."
Haines left the movies in the early 1930s after a 10-year career. He starred in such films as "Brown of Harvard" and "Tell It to the Marines."
His decorating clients included Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert and Henry Salvatori.