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Walk of Fame…The Westmores

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

WALK OF FAME

Movie make-up’s royal family honoured

 

 

Makeup artists Michael Westmore (L) and Marvin Westmore attend the ceremony honoring the Westmore family with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images North America)

 

 

1645 Vine Street
(West side of the Street just below Hollywood Blvd.)

 

Hollywood’s first family of movie make-up was honoured today with a star on the Walk of Fame.

 

Marvin and Michael Westmore unveiled the 2,370th star near the corner of Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Vine on behalf of the Westmore Family on Friday.

 

The Westmores are make-up artists who have defined beauty and glamour, setting trends over the decades.

 

George Westmore and his six sons, Monte, Ern, Perc, Wally, Bud, and Frank “changed the face of Hollywood, literally”, according to a Walk of Fame spokeswoman.

 

The representative adds: “The Westmores not only created, but they defined the role of make-up artists in Motion Pictures. George Westmore opened the very first make-up department at Selig Studios in 1917… and the brothers were responsible for creating the signature looks for stars like Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and even the teenage fashion doll, Barbie.”

 

 

Actress McKenzie Westmore attends the ceremony honoring the Westmore family with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images North America)

 

Ern Westmore became the first make-up artist recipient of the Academy Cup in 1931 for his work on Cimarron starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne, while Monte wowed Hollywood with his styling skills on movie epic Gone with the Wind – he made Vivien Leigh’s hazel eyes appear green at the request of director David O. Selznick.

 

And when Paul Muni won the Best Actor Oscar for The Story of Louis Pasteur in 1936, he thanked only one person, Perc Westmore, in his acceptance speech.

 

Together, in 1935, the Westmore brothers opened the most prestigious salon of it’s time, the House of Westmore on 6638 Sunset Strip. 

 

Most notable of all of Bud’s creations was the molded foam rubber suit he designed for the cult classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Bud was also the makeup genius behind The Munsters.

Frank, the youngest of the brothers, was the first Westmore to receive an Emmy award for his ground-breaking work on the  television  feature film, Kung Fu in 1972. He was nominated for the Kung Fu television series the following year and for his work in 1983 for A  Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story. He was also the makeup supervisor for the epic film, The Ten Commandments.

 

Currently, this family’s remarkable achievements continue  through the work of  3rd and  4th generation Westmore’s as notable makeup artists, hairstylists, performers, and producers.

 

The youngest of Monte Sr.’s three sons, Michael,  received an Oscar and a British Academy Award nomination in 1986 for his artistry on Mask, also nine Emmy statuettes and an impressive 42 Emmy nominations over the course of his career.  To date, he holds the record for more Emmy nominations than any other makeup artist. Academy Award nominations include 2010, Clan of the Cave Bear and Star Trek: First Contact.  Michael designed 18 years of the Star Trek Universe, the Rocky films and Raging Bull.

 

Marvin Westmore has a British Academy Award nomination for his work on the future noir film, Blade Runner (1983) and has six  Emmy nominations for TV series and specials; The Rat Pack, Space Rangers,”V” The Rescue, “V” The Final Battle, Elvis, and Frankenstein. He is the Founder and CEO for both the Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts and  The George Westmore Research Library and Museum  in Burbank, California.

 

With 57 years experience in the industry,  Monty Jr.’s remarkable  work can be seen in films Where the Money Is, Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption, Jurassic Park, and The  Towering Inferno.  He was Oscar nominated for his work in 1991 for Hook and received Emmy nominations for The Late Shift and Who Will Love My Children .

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Collectively, this family has delivered believable characters that we love in over 1,500 movies, television shows, and specials. Their artistic hand has influenced Hollywood in film and in television where stars were made, and most, were made up by the Westmores.

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