Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Howard Smit: Legendary Make-up Artist Dies at 98

Howard Smit on set of Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds - Photo from hitchwiki
Legendary make-up artist and member of the Local 706 union passed away on August 1, in Los Angeles, at the age of 98. Services were held today at Mt. Sinai Mortuary in Los Angeles.
Smit began working in make-up as a way to help pay for law school. He would end up working freelance for such notable companies as MGM, Max Factor, and Republic Studios on such projects as The Wizard of Oz and The Birds. As a union member he helped make-up artists gain greater benefits for their trade. Make-up Artist magazine has more info on Smit with a link to a great video of Smit discussing the developments of make-up in the motion picture business. Check it out here.


Juliette. said...

Wow, he really had quite the career. RIP Howard Smit.

Unknown said...

Howard Smit was a great uncle of mine. Though I hadn't seen him in many years, he will be missed.

Katie said...

Didn't realize how involved he was with the union. Thank you for posting this!

Kim said...

Howard and Isabelle were great friends of mine! We met about 17 years ago and they were loved and very loving people. Unfortunately the last time I was able to visit with them was January of 2008. Howard was a very wise man and we had many discussions and he always had great stories! My visits with the Smits will always be some of my fondest memories! Howard will be missed terribly!


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