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Make-Up Women (Glamour & Guts)

Jill Smith
Jill Smith, Stanley A. Smith

Perhaps one of Hollywood’s most unknown & ironic untold stories-

Women were not allowed to apply make-up to the actors face or accepted into the Union as Make-Up Artists until the 1970’s! From the male-only Studio, Make-up departments to the Hollywood Make-up Union established 1937; women were discriminated against for nearly 50 years, ineligible to choose the profession, for no other reason than being a Woman.

In a collection of interviews and personal conversations with 19 of Hollywood's first and earliest "Make-Up Women, each share candid and personal stories about navigating the long-standing “Boys Club,” learning and perfecting the art of Theatrical Make-up, to the actors and shows they worked on. This doc features Hollywood's first three Pioneer Make-Up Women, officially admitted into the Union- Bernadine M. Anderson (first Woman & African-American), Charlene Roberson & Dee Manges, whose contributions ultimately open the door for all Hollywood Make-Up Women. Also featured are Ve Neill (3X Oscar, BAFTA, Emmy Winner, Face Off Judge & first Woman Lifetime Achievement) and Dorothy "Dot" Ponedel (posthumously). With Christina Smith, Bari Dreiband-Burman, Melanie Levitt, Cheri Minns, first Woman Union President Susan Cabral Ebert as well as first Latina & Japanese members-Nora de la Torre & Kaori Turner among the list.  Vintage behind-the-scenes stills, Film & TV clips, Awards footage, and a Dinner Party Reunion. Also included are interviews with legendary Make-Up Men-Rick Baker & Thomas Burman and Writer|Producer|Activist-Norman Lear (additional talent interviews TBA).  

These Artists unrelenting persistence, talent, and hard work literally change the face of Make-Up in Hollywood.

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