The Westmores

The Westmores
Los Angeles Times


The Westmores
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Makeup Artists

The Westmore's are a legendary family of Hollywood makeup artists whose patriarch was George Westmore.

Westmore opened Selig Studios in Los Angeles in 1917. It was the first makeup department opened at a Hollywood movie studio. He later became head of the makeup department at MGM.

Westmore has a lifetime achievement award named in his honor at the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. His grandson Monty, who served as the personal makeup artist to Joan Crawford, received the inaugural award at a ceremony in 2000.

All six of George Westmore's sons — Perc, Ern, Monte, Wally, Bud and Frank — became acclaimed makeup artists. Monte, Monty Westmore's father, was Rudolph Valentino's makeup artist and later worked on "Gone with the Wind."

Perc and Ern Westmore jointly opened the first makeup department at First National Pictures, which was later bought by Warner Bros. Perc Westmore remained as head of the makeup department at Warner Bros. and Ern Westmore opened his own makeup department at RKO and later became head of the makeup department at 20th Century Fox.

Wally Westmore became the longtime head of the makeup department at Paramount. Bud Westmore became the longtime makeup department head at Universal. And Frank, the youngest Westmore brother, worked on Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 version of "The Ten Commandments" and later won an Emmy for his work on the 1972 TV movie "Kung Fu."

The brothers also teamed up in the mid-'30s to open the House of Westmore, a prestigious salon on Sunset Boulevard.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1984 Best Makeup 2010 Nomination
    1985 Best Makeup Mask Win*
    1986 Best Makeup The Clan of the Cave Bear Nomination*
    1991 Best Makeup Hook Nomination*
    1996 Best Makeup Star Trek: First Contact Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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