He was a TV legend turned fashion designer and costume collector. Reading's Gene London died over the weekend, but leaves a storied legacy of glamour behind.

From 1959 to 1977, kids crowded around the TV every weekend for "Cartoon Corners."

"I think what you saw on TV [all those decades ago sort of] continued into his later life," said John Graydon Smith, the director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum. "He had a great personality, very genuine, sincere, jovial."

After 18 years on TV, London stepped out of the spotlight to go behind the scenes as a fashion designer for Broadway shows and Hollywood films.

His love for collecting costumes was sparked when Joan Crawford gave him a bodysuit from one of her movies.

London's Hollywood costume shows toured the country, dazzling crowds at places such as the Allentown Art and and Reading Public museums.

London was an entertainer, a movie lover and a man whose sole mission in life was to make all who met him smile.

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