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William J. Tuttle

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William J. Tuttle
William J. Tuttle (1970).jpg
William J. Tuttle with some of his creations for MGM in 1970.
Born
William Julian Tuttle

(1912-04-13)April 13, 1912
DiedJuly 27, 2007(2007-07-27) (aged 95)
OccupationMake-up artist
Spouse(s)see below

William Julian Tuttle (April 13, 1912 – July 27, 2007) was an American make-up artist.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was forced to leave school at a young age to support his mother and younger brother. After a series of odd-jobs and a brief stint in his own band, Tuttle moved to Los Angeles in 1930 and began taking art classes at the University of Southern California where he would meet his future collaborator Charles Schram.[1] Around the same time, he began working as a page at Fox Studios.[2] He went on to work under makeup artist Jack Dawn at Twentieth Century Pictures.

In 1934, Tuttle and Dawn moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Working as Dawn's assistant, Tuttle supervised the makeup work in such movies as The Wizard of Oz and Father of the Bride.

Tuttle created makeup for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, among them Judy Garland (“Summer Stock”, 1950); Gene Kelly (“Singin’ in the Rain”, 1952); Katharine Hepburn (“Pat and Mike”, 1952) and Esther Williams (“Million Dollar Mermaid”, 1952). Eventually, he worked his way up to head of the studio's makeup department.

In the 1950s, he would be responsible for the makeup in Singin' in the Rain, Forbidden Planet, North by Northwest and The Time Machine. He reused pieces he first created for The Time Machine in "Eye of the Beholder", one of his many Twilight Zone contributions.

In 1965, Tuttle received a special Oscar for his work on George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao;[3] this was 17 years before makeup became an official Oscar category. Later work included Logan's Run and Young Frankenstein. Tuttle is the subject of the 1968 MGM short The King of the Duplicators where he demonstrated some of his work. He also appeared as himself in the documentary film The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985), produced and directed by Arnold Leibovit.

Later in life, Tuttle managed his company known as Custom Color Cosmetics.[4]

William Tuttle died, aged 95, from natural causes at his home in Pacific Palisades, California, survived by his wife, Anita and his daughter, Teresa.[5]

His remains were placed in Minneapolis, Minnesota's Lakewood Cemetery.

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Marriages

William Tuttle was married five times. He was the first husband of Oscar-winning film and television star Donna Reed. He was survived by his daughter, Teresa, and predeceased by his son, John (both children were from his marriage to the late Marie Kopicki).

  • Donna Reed (1943 - 1945) (divorced)
  • Gloria Gilbert (19?? - 19??) (divorced)
  • Marie Kopicki (19?? - June 4, 1961) (her death); 2 children
  • Elizabeth L. Muskie (October 13, 1962 - 19??) (divorced)
  • Anita B Aros (March 25, 1967 - July 27, 2007) (his death)

See also

References

  1. ^ Nelson, Valerie (3 August 2007). "William J. Tuttle, 95; pioneering film makeup artist was first to get an Oscar". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Van Gelder, Lindsy (March 1998). "Screen Savior". Allure.
  3. ^ "William Tuttle Gets Acad Award For 'Lao' Makeup". Hollywood Reporter. 29 March 1965.
  4. ^ Van Gelder, Lindsy (March 1998). "Screen Savior". Allure.
  5. ^ Fox, Margalit (August 4, 2007). "William J. Tuttle, Master Movie Makeup Man, Dies at 95". The New York Times.

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