Westmore – "The First Name In Makeup Education"

About – Marvin G. Westmore


Marvin G. Westmore

Marvin G. Westmore

Marvin G. Westmore – is a six time Emmy nominated, third generation professional Hollywood Makeup Artist, with a history of over 35 years in consumer makeup and in the Motion Picture & Television industry.  Marvin Westmore is considered by his peers to be the top makeup specialist in his many fields.  He has authored numerous detailed articles on makeup, hair design, the makeup industry, movies and paramedical makeup.

Marvin is a contributor to On Makeup Magazine, Makeup Artist Magazine and Skin Inc. Magazine – Author of “Beautiful Eyes” By John McCurdy, M.D., John A. McCurdy, Marvin Westmore Published by Frederick Fell, 1984 ISBN 0811905322, 9780811905329 – 128 pages $169.99  Currently:  is  writing, lecturing, consulting, creating exhibits and promoting the Westmore Museum as well as developing new makeup projects.

Marv’s work includes: Doctor Dolittle (1967), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Blade Runner (1982), V (1984), V – The Final Battle (1984), Breaking Away (1979), Futureworld (1976), Elvis (1979), Ode to Billy Joe (1976).

You can learn more about “Westmore – The First Family of Makeup,” and see a detail history of the family including some early Hollywood History, please visit the George Westmore Research Library & MuseumA Virtual Tour (2008), and these other important links:

  1. Founder & CEO George Westmore Research Library & Museum (2006-Present);
  2. Past President of the – Makeup & Hairstylist Guild, Local 706;
  3. Founder  Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts (1981-2010);
  4. CEO of The House of Westmore (1981-2010), Makeup Sales in Burbank, California;
  5. George Westmore Research Library & Museum – Blog (2008);
  6. George Westmore Research Library & Museum – Twitter (2009);
  7. George Westmore Research Library & Museum – Facebook (2009);
  8. Marvin George Westmore – Blog (2008);
  9. Marvin George Westmore – Twitter (2009).

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Family Background

First Generation:

George Henry Westmore (Marvin’s Grandfather) – born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England was a wigmaker, saloon manager, makeup artist of Jewish-Cockney Brit(ish); served in the British Army during Boer War, worked as a wigmaker and saloon manager in England; (Winston Churchill was said to have thought of him highly as a barber).

George H. Westmore

George H. Westmore

George Westmore’s career began in 1901 he opened a hair dressing salon, Newport, then worked in Canterbury, Kent, until after 1906, in Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec, Canada, and Pittsburgh, San Antonio, New Orleans, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. In 1913 he added makeup to his repertory, Cleveland; began teaching Perc and Ern the art of wigmaking when they were nine; 1917 he was working at Maison Cesare, Los Angeles, first began at Selig-Polyscope Studio moving on to Triangle Film Corporation (a.k.a. Triangle Motion Picture Company), and other studios: responsible for Mary Pickford’s curls in the late 1910s and Douglas Farbanks Sr. makeup. George’s greater contribution, though, may have been in fathering six sons, all of whom went into makeup design.

George’s feature work included: Romance, 1930 (Brown); The Black Pirate, 1926 (Parker); Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, 1925 (Niblo); Don Q Son of Zorro, 1925 (Crisp); The Thief of Bagdad, 1924 (Berger/Powell); The Goldfish, 1924 (Storm); Secrets, 1924 (Borzage); Robin Hood, 1922 (Dwan); The Three Musketeers, 1921 (Niblo); The Education of Elizabeth, 1921 (Dillon); The Sheik, 1921 (Melford); The Nut, 1921 (Reed); Smilin’ Through, 1922 (Franklin); The Mark of Zorro, 1920 (Niblo); The Frisky Mrs. Johnson, 1920 (Dillon); The Misleading Widow, 1919 (Robertson); The Knickerbocker Buckaroo, 1919 (Parker); Sadie Love, 1919 (Robertson); Good Gracious Annabelle, 1919 (Melford); His Majesty, The American, 1919 (Henabery).

Second Generation:

Montague  “Monte”  George Westmore (Marvin’s Father) – Makeup artist born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who in 1920, worked in the lumberyard mill, and as busboy/dishwasher at Famous Players-Lasky studio; then a valet, and finally a makeup artist for Rudolph Valentino (created the clean Latin look).

Monte Westmore

Montague George Westmore w/Olivia de Havilland, Gone With The Wind (1939)

His father George had created the Valentino look, but it was Monte who refined it, defined it and perfected the style, which the world came to recognize. When Valentino died in 1926, Monte became a freelance artist for Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow and Sonia Henie. Monte went to Selznick International where, thirteen years later, he worked himself to death with the enormous makeup demands for Gone With the Wind (1939).

Monte’s feature work included: 1922 Blood and Sand (Niblo), 1923 Monsieur Beaucaire (Olcott), 1924 A Sainted Devil (Henabery), 1925 Cobra (Henabery), The Eagle (Brown), 1926, Son of the Sheik (Fitzmaurice), 1926 The King of Kings (DeMille), 1927 It (Badgen), 1929 Mexicali Rose (Kenton), 1932 Forbidden, 1932 Scarface (Hawks), 1934 The House of Rothschild (Werker) , 1934 Four Frightened People (DeMille), 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty (Lloyd), 1939 Intermezzo (Ratoff), 1939 Gone with the Wind (Fleming), 1940 Rebecca (Hitchcock). Monte: married 1) Edith McCarrier (divorced); son: Monty, Jr. 2) Cora Williams; 3) remarried Edith McCarrier, 1934 sons: Marvin & Michael.

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Third Generation:

Marvin George Westmore’s

  • Resume of Movies & Television Productions (Incomplete – but updating continues)

Reflections of a Life (2006) (makeup supervisor)
Gotham Cafe (2005) (makeup department head)
“MDs” – (2002) TV series (makeup artist) (unknown episodes)
Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters (2002) (V) (makeup artist)
Deuces Wild (2002) (key makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka Deuces Wild – Wild in den Straßen (Germany)
“Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man” – (2001) (TV) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
“The Thirteenth Year” – (1999) (TV) (makeup artist)
“Lansky” – (1999) (TV) (makeup artist)
“The Rat Pack” – (1998) (TV) (makeup artist)
“Childhood Sweetheart?” – (1997) (TV) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
“The Practice” – (makeup artist) (1 episode, 1997)
– Pilot (1997) TV episode (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
Vegas Vacation (1997) (key makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation
Escape from L.A. (1996) (makeup artist)
… aka John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. (USA: complete title)
“Zoya” – (1995) (TV) (makeup artist: Ms. Gilbert, Montreal) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka Danielle Steel’s Zoya (USA: complete title)
“Sweet Justice” – (makeup artist) (15 episodes, 1994-1995)
– The Sensational Six (1995) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Muddy Waters (1995) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Pledges (1995) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Broken Ties (1995) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Just Say Yes (1995) TV episode (makeup artist)
(10 more)
“Shattered Image” – (1994) (TV) (makeup artist)
“Jack’s Place” – (makeup artist) (18 episodes, 1992-1993)
– True Love Ways (1993) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Faithful Henry (1993) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Something Wonderful This Way Comes (1993) TV episode (makeup artist)
– The Hands of Time (1993) TV episode (makeup artist)
– The Pipes Are Calling (1993) TV episode (makeup artist)
(13 more)
“Lifepod” – (1993) (TV) (key makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
“MacGyver” (makeup artist) (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
– The Mountain of Youth (1992) TV episode (makeup artist)
– The Stringer (1992) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Off the Wall (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Gunz ‘n Boyz (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Split Decision (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
(9 more)
“WIOU” – (makeup artist) (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
– Three Women and a Baby (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Pair o’ Guys Lost (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Without Prejudice (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Labored Relations (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Ode to Sizzling Sal (1991) TV episode (makeup artist)
(9 more)
“This Gun for Hire” – (1991) (TV) (makeup artist)
“TV 101” (makeup artist) (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
– Keegan’s Past (1989) TV episode (makeup artist)
– First Love: Part 3 (1989) TV episode (makeup artist)
– First Love: Part 2 (1989) TV episode (makeup artist)
– First Love: Part 1 (1989) TV episode (makeup artist)
– Clicks (1989) TV episode (makeup artist)
(8 more)
“Pancho Barnes” – (1988) (TV) (makeup supervisor) (as Marvin Westmore)
“CBS Summer Playhouse” (makeup artist) (1 episode, 1987)
– Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987) TV episode (makeup artist)
“Double Agent” – (1987) (TV) (makeup artist)
Jake’s M.O. (1987) (makeup artist)
“Shadow Chasers” – (1985) (TV) (makeup artist)
Maharlika (1985) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka Guerilla Strike Force (International: English title)
“V” (1984) (makeup artist)
… aka V: The Series
– Liberation Day (1984) TV episode (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
All of Me (1984) (makeup supervisor)
“V: The Final Battle” – (1984) TV mini-series (makeup artist) (as Marv Westmore)
“Sadat” – (1983) (TV) (makeup artist)
“Dempsey” – (1983) (TV) (key makeup artist) (as Marv Westmore)
“Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home!” – (1983) (TV) (makeup artist)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) (makeup artist)
… aka The Best Little Cathouse in Texas (Canada: English title: bowdlerized title)
Blade Runner (1982) (makeup artist)
“Elvis and the Beauty Queen” – (1981) (TV) (makeup artist)
The Idolmaker (1980) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1980) (makeup artist)
… aka Swamp Rats
… aka The Soggy Bottom Gang from Soggy Bottom U.S.A (USA: poster title)
“Christmas Lilies of the Field – (1979) (TV) (makeup artist)
Breaking Away (1979) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
You Can’t Take It with You (1979) (TV) (makeup artist)
Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (1979) (TV) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
The Promise (1979) (makeup artist)
… aka Face of a Stranger
Elvis (1979/I) (TV) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka Elvis the Movie (USA: informal title)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
Leave Yesterday Behind (1978) (TV) (makeup artist)
“Mary White” – (1977) (TV) (makeup artist)
One on One (1977) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
The Pack (1977) (key makeup artist)
… aka The Long Hard Night
… aka The Long, Dark Night
Futureworld (1976) (makeup artist)
Ode to Billy Joe (1976) (makeup artist)
The Ultimate Warrior (1975) (makeup artist) (as Marvin Westmore)
… aka The Barony (International: English title)
… aka The Last Warrior
“The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” – (1974) (TV) (makeup artist)
Skullduggery (1970) (makeup artist)
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) (makeup artist)
The Lost Man (1969) (makeup artist)
Sweet Charity (1969) (makeup artist)
… aka Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved (USA: complete title)
A Flea in Her Ear (1968) (makeup artist: Rex Harrison)
… aka Puce à l’oreille, La (France)
Project X (1968) (makeup artist)
Planet of the Apes (1968) (makeup artist) (uncredited)… aka Monkey Planet
“Stagecoach” – (1966) (TV) (makeup artist) (uncredited)
The Singing Nun (1966) (makeup artist)
My Fair Lady (1964) (makeup artist) (uncredited)
“The Munsters” – (1964) TV series (1964) (makeup artist) (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
“The Danny Kaye Show” – (1963) TV series (makeup artist) (unknown episodes)
“The Red Skelton Show” – (1961-62) TV series (makeup artist) (unknown episodes)
“Art Linkletter’s House Party” – (1961) TV series (makeup artist) (unknown episodes)
“CBS Playhouse 90” – (1960-61) TV series (makeup artist) (unknown episodes)

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