Monday, February 1, 2010

JACK DAWN - make-up artist.

JACK DAWN, a make-up artist whose career spanned over 37 years, during which he worked on more than 200 films. As a boy Jack carved faces in sandstone, using a chisel, a hammer, and a spoon. As he grew older he moved on to to Hollywood, where he found work as an extra. After World War I, he returned to America to work as a make-up assistant and part-time actor. His first creation was a mask he wore in the role of an ape in 1925. After 9 years of research he invented a product he called vinylite resin. It was first used to create the Chinese faces for the cast of: The Good Earth (1937). 2 years later, Jack was hired to do the make up in the film: The Wizard of Oz. In 1943, Jack volunteered to help the San Diego, Naval Hospital, World War II soldiers, whose faces and hands had been disfigured. He made inlays to help patients look normal between plastic surgery operations. Because there were no Academy Awards given for makeup during his career, Jack never received an Oscar.
To list a few of the 200 films that Jack Dawn worked on:
Maytime (1937)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Love Finds Andy Hardy(1938)
Ninotchka (1939)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
The Philadelphia Story(1940)
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Woman of the Year (1942)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Random Harvest (1942)
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Gaslight (1944)
National Velvet (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
The Picture of Dorian Gray(1945)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Yearling (1946)
Easter Parade(1948)
Little Women(1949)
Neptune's Daughter (1949)
The Stratton Story (1949)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Madame Bovary (1949)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
On the Town (1949)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Father of the Bride(1950)

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