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Michael Westmore recently completed visual and oral recordings for the archives at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, said to be the longest archival session the Academy has recorded. He is currently working on season #9 of Face Off. Jake Page is the author of over forty books of fiction and non-fiction, including natural history and Native American themes. Jake Page was the founding editor of Doubleday's Natural History Press, as well as editorial director of Natural History magazine and science editor of Smithsonian magazine. He has written more than forty books on the natural sciences, zoological topics, and Native American affairs, as well as mystery fiction. He died in 2015.


'Readers will want to take a giant step back in time with Academy Award-winner Westmore's amiable and intimate look at his family, a Hollywood makeup dynasty for four generations, and the stars they've been making look good since 1917. His own career began in 1961 with a Universal Studios apprenticeship, all the time being "watched like a hawk" by family elders. Readers of a certain age will lap up stories about Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee's budding romance, Desi Arnaz's (emergency) horsehair mustache, and Ernest Borgnine's doomed marriage to Ethel Merman. As the book progresses, younger readers will recognize more names and productions, including Harrison Ford in Blade Runner and Sylvester Stallone (whose fight scene injuries Westmore created) in Rocky. Westmore dishes occasionally but usually has a nice word to say about his clients. He even shares Elizabeth Taylor's chili recipe. Later sections concentrate on Westmore's decades-long association with the Star Trek series. Tighter editing might have eliminated the book's "Snippets," a miscellaneous closing collection of reminiscences, but most of them are just as entertaining as the book proper.' Publishers Weekly

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