NEWS - HOLLYWOOD, CA., USA
April 2012 – Press Release:
“George Westmore Research Library & Museum”
The GWRL & Museum has moved because in 2010 the “Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts” was purchased by Empire Beauty Schools @ www.Empire.edu.
Sadly after two years, (March of 2012) Empire decided, because of the nation’s continued economic problem as well as the US Bank’s reluctance to issue educational loans Empire announced it would not maintain the Hollywood/ Burbank Makeup School. Empire has over 107 location across the United States. The GWRL&M was not part of the Makeup Academy acquisition and thus continues to operate as a separate entity.
Currently, The George Westmore Research Library & Museum is reviewing new educational opportunities, looking at new locations, and developing exhibits with local museums and educational institutions for special traveling exhibits.
Marvin G. Westmore, Founder & CEO of the GWR Library & Museum commented:
“We hope to find a new location that will provide us with an opportunity to serve the needs of the community, along with the film industry, giving everyone a strong foundation for our history as well as creating a new appreciation for makeup and hair design as a lasting cultural art form. Currently we are developing exhibits with local museums and educational institutions for special traveling exhibits. If you are interested we would like to hear from your professional curator.
Marvin’s Grandfather, George H. Westmore was responsible for founding the very first makeup department at a motion picture studio in 1917. Prior to that time, actors in film production came from stage performance work, and in most cases applied their own or assisted their fellow actors with makeup application.
In the history of the modern American movies, there are but few legacies of makeup artists. Only one family features four working generations: The Westmore’s of Hollywood. With ties to virtually every studio in the annals of cinema, The Westmore’s created classic beauty makeups that have stood the test of time since the earliest years of silent film and emulated around the world.
Learn more about the history of Makeup by visiting one of the many Westmore Makeup “Official” Websites and join the Westmore Twitter Website @
NEWS - HOLLYWOOD, CA., USA
July 1, 2009 – Press Release:
George Westmore Research Library & Museum – “Movie Posters Join Collection”
The George Westmore Research Library & Museum is proud to announce the addition of approximately 2,500+ motion picture movie posters to its collection. An anonymous donor contributed them to the 501(c)3 non-profit Library & Museum for historical preservation. The collection of posters was amassed over a 45-year period, from a working member of the Hollywood community, who had a deep appreciation for Hollywood film history.
President of the Museum commented about the donation: “The idea that these iconic images will be on display for students, researchers and the public for years to come was the major reason for this donation. Many of the posters will require special handling because of their delicate condition. We hope to add several new posters to our display each year as we organize and rotate our exhibits. We also continue to receive requests for satellite exhibits from educational institutions, libraries and other museums, thus we hope to also display some of these many posters along with the historical items in other venue’s.”
Movie posters have become important pieces of art as well as iconic symbols of our culture. They not only create lasting images that demonstrate the manner in which the movies were marketed but also create an emotionally connection with each of us to a special time and period in motion picture history.
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The following are a few of examples of the newly added posters:
NEWS - HOLLYWOOD, CA., USA
June 27, 2009 – Press Release:
George Westmore Research Library & Museum – Joins New Media Craze on “Youtube.com & Tweddoe”
The George Westmore Research Library & Museum has joined the “New Media Generation on “Youtube.com, Tweddoe & Twitpic” with postings of a new video.
In the history of the modern American movies, there are but few legacies of makeup artists. Only one family features four working generations: The Westmore’s of Hollywood. With ties to virtually every studio in the annals of cinema the Westmore’s created classic beauty makeups back to the earliest years of silent film.
George Westmore career began in 1901 he opened a hair dressing salon, Newport, then worked in Canterbury, Kent, until after 1906, in Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec, Canada, and Pittsburgh, San Antonio, New Orleans, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. In 1913 he added makeup to his repertory, Cleveland; began teaching Perc and Ern the art of wigmaking when they were nine; 1917 he was working at Maison Cesare, Los Angeles, first began at Selig-Polyscope Studio moving on to Triangle Film Corporation (a.k.a. Triangle Motion Picture Company), and other studios: responsible for Mary Pickford’s curls in the late 1910s. George’s greater contribution, though, may have been in fathering six sons, all of whom went into makeup design.
Westmore Historical Promo
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Paul Leonard Newman – (1925-2008)
“The George Westmore Research Library & Museum mourns the passing of our friend and donor. Our deepest condolences to Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, Arthur Newman Jr. and the Newman Family. Paul was a man of our times, he touched the world with his kindness, generosity and love. We are all better because of his inspiration and leadership.” (quote – D.D.W., GWRL&M)
With writer A.E. Hotchner, Newman founded Newman’s Own, a line of food products, in 1982. The brand started with salad dressing, and has expanded to include pasta sauce, lemonade, popcorn, salsa, and wine, among other things. Newman established a policy that all proceeds from the sale of Newman’s Own products, after taxes, would be donated to charity. As of early 2006, the franchise has resulted in excess of $200 million in donations. He co-wrote a memoir about the subject with Hotchner, Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good. Among other awards, Newman’s Own co-sponsors the PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, a $25,000 reward designed to recognize those who protect the First Amendment as it applies to the written word.
One beneficiary of his philanthropy is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a residential summer camp for seriously ill children, which is located in Ashford, Connecticut. Newman co-founded the camp in 1988; it was named after the gang in his film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Newman’s college fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, adopted “Hole in the Wall” as their “national philanthropy” in 1995. One camp has expanded to become several Hole in the Wall Camps in the U.S., Ireland, France and Israel. The camp serves 13,000 children every year, free of charge.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
An actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver, racing team owner and humanitarian, Newman won numerous awards, including three Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy Award. He was also the founder of Newman’s Own, a Westport-based food company which has donated more than $250 million in profits and royalties to charity.
Paul Leonard Newman was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, son of Arthur S. (a sporting goods store owner) and Theresa (maiden name, Fetzer) Newman.
He married actress Jacqueline Witte in December 1949, and they were divorced in 1957. He married Joanne Woodward, also an actress, on Jan. 29, 1958.
His children by his first marriage were Scott (deceased), Susan, and Stephanie. His children from his second marriage were Elinor “Nell” Theresa, Melissa “Lissy” Steward, and Claire “Clea” Olivia.
In a statement, the Newman daughters said:
“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee.
“Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist.
“Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.
“Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.’
“He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon.
“During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”
In a 1997 book about Newman, biographer Lawrence J. Quirk quoted the actor as saying:
“I’d like to be remembered as a guy who tried – tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn’t complacent, who doesn’t cop out.”
When Barbara Walters once asked him what he wanted his epitaph to be, he replied, “That I was part of our times.”
George Westmore Awards Announced
The George Westmore Research Library & Museum, revives the annual “George Westmore Lifetime Achievement Award” and announces the creation of a George Westmore, “Award of Excellence” to be an industry wide celebration of excellence in makeup and hair design.
Recipients of the awards were announced at a press conference on Monday, June 23, 2008, at the George Westmore Research Library & Museum in Burbank, California.
Certificates as well as statues were handed out before the press and representatives of the media.
Monty G. Westmore received a standing ovation when he accepted the first George Westmore Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards in 2001. Since the time Monty received his award the Makeup Guild has not focused on recognizing it’s members achievements.
Museum President, commented about the increased responsibility, “We felt that this was the proper thing to do. It is important to promote outstanding excellence and individual contributions in Makeup & Hair Design. This not only promotes professional excellence but inspires the younger members of our profession.” He said, “This is very exciting and we intend to expand the awards each year.” “We have received a great deal of positive input and support from within and outside the industry.”
The awards recognize individual, excellence in Motion Picture, Television, Theatrical Stage, Live Performances, Opera, Print Publication and Advertising, which includes a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A few of the 2008 recipients include:
On Makeup Magazine, Michael DeVellis
Mr. Tony Tanaka
Additional information about the award and a list of current recipients can be obtained by e-mail request at: info@WestmoreMuseum.com