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How WWII Led The Late Dick Smith To A Career In Makeup

October 17th, 2014
Dick Smith

Dick Smith was one of THE biggest forces in screen makeup. He established the very first TV makeup department at NBC in the 1940s, and pioneered many of the techniques and materials that enabled all future television makeup departments to thrive. He won Emmys and Oscars, and worked on TV shows Philco-Goodyear Playhouse and Kraft Television Theatre, and the films "The Godfather"and "Amadeus." 

Smith's interest in makeup began as an undergraduate at Yale University where he discovered stage makeup. But he had another career in mind at the time, one that would make his family proud and likely bring him financial success. One that he wasn't passionate about. One that he wasn't able to let go of until he was faced with fighting in World War II and the possibility of never returning home:

"Why not gamble? What's to be lost?"

More with the legendary Dick Smith here

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A Starsky Is Born

October 7th, 2014
Paul Michael Glaser

To star on a hit television show in the ‘70s meant attaining a level of fame that is difficult to fathom in these days of 300 cable channels and fragmented audiences. Over 15 million people tuned in each week to watch Paul Michael Glaser as "Dave Starsky" on Starsky and Hutch at the show's peak in 1976.

During our recent interview with the eloquent actor/activist, Glaser addresses the subject of fame and celebrity. His description of it, and how he copes with it, is among the most poignant I've seen in the Archive: 

Learn more about Glaser, including his time as Chairman of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, in his full Archive interview.

- by John Dalton

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Remembering John J. Lloyd

October 6th, 2014
John J. Lloyd

We're sad to hear of the passing of Production Designer John J. Lloyd, who died recently at the age of 92. Lloyd served as the designer on 137 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, designed for The Munsters (he developed the rising stairs seen in the original intro to the show), and established the look for many pilots that went on to series, including Columbo, Kojak, and Emergency!. Lloyd also enjoyed an extensive film career, designing for "Day of the Locust," "Animal House," and "The Blues Brothers."

Below are some excerpts from his 2004 Archive Interview:

On working with Alfred Hitchcock:

He had a wonderful sense of humor and everybody would gather around him for his jokes, which were terrific. But I always thought he was a very private man. Not part of the Hollywood scene at all.

On designing the set for The Munsters:

On his production design style:

Realism. I like to make it look real, if I can. As real as possible, and then I like to invent things. I would invent shots for people if I can. Like one of the shots in “The Naked Gun” of the wheelchair in front of the moon - that was my shot. Spielberg did it with computers [on "E.T."], and I just did it with a backing. I thought it was a funny idea. But it's one of my shots in the film.

On his legacy:

Watch John J. Lloyd's full Archive interview and read his obituary from The Los Angeles Times.

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September 25th, 2014
Beth McCarthy-Miller

Remember how Forrest Gump seemed to be there for every significant Baby Boomer pop culture moment? If Generation-X has a Forrest Gump, it's director Beth McCarthy-Miller. She started out as an intern at MTV, worked her way up to director of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and along the way has been witness to many of the defining moments of her generation. Here’s a peek at a few:

Nirvana Unplugged - Beth directed this show in 1993, with its eerily prescient set decorations. Many consider it to be Nirvana’s Swan song: 

America Laughs Again - In the weeks following September 11, 2001, Americans in all walks of life were unsure how to proceed, and those involved in entertainment were particularly cautious. McCarthy-Miller directed the first Saturday Night Live episode after the attacks:

“Nipplegate”- McCarthy-Miller was in the booth calling the shots for the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show when the “wardrobe malfunction” heard ‘round the world occurred:

Ashlee Simpson on SNL - America was shocked (SHOCKED!) to discover that Ashlee Simpson lip-synched during her 2004 performance on Saturday Night Live. McCarthy-Miller was live on set when it happened:

Want to hear about Michael Jackson accepting the “Artist of the Millennium” award and the live episodes of 30 Rock? Watch Beth McCarthy-Miller’s full Archive interview – you won’t be disappointed!

- by John Dalton  

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Diahann Carroll Advocates Socially Responsible Television

September 19th, 2014
Diahann Carroll

She played the title character in the ground-breaking show Julia, portrayed the fabulous "Dominique Deveraux" on Dynasty, and most recently graced the small screen as "June Ellington" on White Collar. Diahann Carroll has entertained television audiences for decades, but also understands the educational potential of the medium.

Well said.

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