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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott; 1st edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397011024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397011025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Fickas on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you're not one of those sad creatures (like me) who likes to linger around after movies to catch all the credits, this little number may convert you. At the very least, you'll want to give the credits an extra hard look the next time you view the old classics to see if you spot a "Westmore" in the Make-Up Artist spot.
Just a terrific take on the life of the film industry from the perspective of the make-up artist. From the days before there were professionals dedicated just to making up stars up to the point where it became a real science.
This was one of those books that made me smile not only for the subject matter itself, but because it made me think "I'm so glad that a publisher had the guts to say 'You know, I bet there are a lot of people out there who would really find this stuff interesting.'"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EC on November 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Liked this book for some of the undocumented Hollywood gossip that it contains along with the background of the start what is now an industry. Most of the people referenced in the book are now dead so it is definitely a historical reference. The author claims that he and/or his family pioneered some techniques which highlighed the best features of various stars in still and motion film. I also liked finding out about locations of various golden age of film businesses and star's homes. Kind of dry in some of the business aspects among the Westmore family but hilarious in the anecdotes about the stars including a crazed chimpanzee which needed to be made up to disguise certain body parts. Definite good read for those who want to learn about a slice of Hollywood film making history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Lewis on November 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book years ago, sent it to a friend in England who also loved it. I had the opportunity to meet and have my makeup done by Marvin Westmore years ago. He looked exactly like Roy Clark. I asked him had he ever been mistaken for Roy? He admitted that once, in the LA Airport he was late for a flight and one of the young men driving the little tram cars, stopped and said "Hello Mr. Clark, may I help ?" he got aboard and made it to his flight .. when asked for his autograph, well, somewhere there is a man with a piece of paper with Mr. Clarks autograph.... only its not!
Love this book.
What wonderful history of the film world
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As a lifelong reader of movie credits, I've always been surprised that there was never much to read on the Westmore brothers who, at one point or other, pretty much ran the makeup departments of every Hollywood studios during its heyday. So I was pleased to come across this book, written by the youngest Westmore brother, Frank. It's surprising that a biography of these boys had never been done before because they all certainly lived full lives. What makes them all the more interesting is that the interaction a make up artist has with the stars is far more intimate and personal by virtue of their work, and so their insights are that much more revealing. For any enthusiast of Hollywood history, this is a worthy addition to your library.
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