Issue 012 April/May 1998
Jeff Dawn: Make-Up’s Man of Action
Jeff Dawn’s enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. He has a passion about life. Organization and details are a labor of love for him. It’s no wonder, with attributes like these, he is department heading action films the magnitude of True Lies, Cliffhanger, Terminator 2 and The Thirteenth Warrior. We talked with Jeff at length about his career, his relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and what it takes to be a good make-up artist and department head. So catch some of Jeff Dawn’s enthusiasm in this issue of MA.
Behind the Scenes on All My Children
MA talks with Marianne Skiba about her grueling work on the soap opera All My Children. “We turn out an incredible amount of work at a remarkable rate of speed,” Marianne says. “I am offended when I hear colleges joke about or put down soap work. I’ve had many a film artist break under the pressure. On the other hand, it’s the best training. If you can survive here you can do anything.” Marianne shares with us the special challenges and wonderful opportunities that go along with working on a soap.
Man of a Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney
In the 1950s, Hollywood appeared to be making as many biographies on cinema celebrities as they were making westerns. Their subjects included Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino, singer Ruth Etting, Will Rogers and Eddie Cantor. One of the more intriguing film biographies of that period told the “true life story” of Lon Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces. Join MA as we discuss Chaney’s life and ability, as both an actor and makeup artist, and as we examine the film Man of a Thousand Faces including the make-up recreated therein by Bud Westmore and Jack Kevan.