Frances Klein, Beverly Hills antique jeweler to such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand, has died.
Klein, also known in charitable and social circles, died Thursday at 84 at her home in Los Angeles.
Her jewelry regularly adorned the famous on their annual night to shine at the Academy Awards presentation. The Klein collections of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and other bejeweled pieces also appeared in several motion pictures--among them "Mommie Dearest," about Joan Crawford.
Klein sold her Rodeo Drive shop in 1997, but it still bears her name.
A native of Turners Falls, Mass., she traveled to Europe and appeared in Hollywood productions as a chorus girl. She met her husband, Sidney J. Klein, in Tucson in 1942, and the couple spent the first 18 years of their marriage in Chicago.
After they moved to L.A. in 1960, Frances developed her wizardry in collecting antiques, particularly jewelry. She began selling estate jewelry and antique pieces from one small case in a store on Beverly Drive. As she became more successful, she acquired the Rodeo Drive shop and Sidney joined her in running it.