Tuesday, May 10, 2011


 The Man Behind The Legend: Allen "Whitey" Snyder
Marilyn Monroe's Main Man

 One of my favorite things about starting this blog was My beauty Icons, the women and sometimes men that influence me in everything that I do professionally, Nothing is new out there, but pulling from the stars to create your own style is an amazing thing, thank god we have such a pool to pull from. I like to post LAST LOOK pictures, for those that are unaware, last looks refers to checking on your talent before camera rolls, to make sure they look great and aren't shiny etc......  So in the process of searching for more pics of the stars of Tinseltown of the past, I thought lets look up some Marilyn Monroe and in that i found that she worked with one makeup artist for almost her entire career in film. Allen "Whitey" Snyder. I don't know that much about the man, but I know now that all those amazing . sunning images of Marilyn Monroe on film and in stills are the work of this amazing makeup artist.  "Whitey first worked with Marilyn in 1952 on the film MONKEY BUSINESS and stayed together as a team until her death. That's artist loyalty right there.

Allan "Whitey" Snyder (7 August 1914, California – 16 April 1994, Hansville, Washington) was an American Hollywood make-up artist and is best remembered as the personal make-up artist of Marilyn Monroe.

Allan Snyder had a long and immensely successful career as a film make-up artist, beginning in 1948, with his appointment as assistant make-up artist on the film The Walls of Jericho.
Whitey Snyder was Marilyn Monroe's makeup artist throughout her career: from her first screen test at Twentieth Century Fox in 1946 to her funeral makeup in 1962. The pair developed a very close working relationship. Towards the end of her life, Monroe asked Snyder to prepare her face if she were to die before him. This was a promise that he fulfilled, after her death in 1962. Snyder was also a pall-bearer at the funeral.

For his work, Snyder was twice nominated for Primetime Emmy awards, under the category of Outstanding Achievement in Make-Up. These nominations came in 1978, for his work on the TV Biopic Marilyn: The Untold Story and in 1981, for Little House on the Prairie. His last project was the 1984 television series, Highway to Heaven.

Here's a list of film's he and Monroe worked together on, it's amazing how many Iconic images he helped create along with Marilyn. As a makeup Artist myself thing is a dream career worth fighting for.

The Misfits (makeup artist)
1960Let's Make Love (makeup artist - uncredited)
1959Some Like It Hot (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited) 

1956Bus Stop (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1955The Seven Year Itch (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1954There's No Business Like Show Business (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1954River of No Return (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1953How to Marry a Millionaire (makeup artist - uncredited)
1953Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1953Niagara (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited)
1952Monkey Business (makeup artist: Miss Monroe - uncredited) 


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    Enjoy !

    1. Thanks for the youtube lead on marilyn!

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  3. Snyder and Monroe created 'the look' that became her iconography during the making the film 'The River Of No Return'. Subtle highlighting tips and some secrets that Whitey refused to reveal were used to create her image.


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