House of Westmore

 

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Images: Left — 1939 ad in unnamed publication; Right — Charles Laughton as Quasimodo in 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame from http://www.aveleyman.com/FilmCredit.aspx?FilmID=9034 .

From beauty to horror film makeup, four generations of Westmore family members left their mark.

“Perc Westmore was the department head at Warner Bros. where he worked on numerous classic films, including “Casablanca.” In 1939 he was brought to RKO by their department head, Mel Berns to work on a big prosthetics project, a sound remake of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Though Berns had an entire building and 33 hairdressers and makeup men under him at the department, his friend, Perc, had been brought in to create the prosthetic makeup pieces for star Charles Laughton.”

Excerpt from Scott Essman article primarily about the family’s movie accomplishments: http://www.clubhaunt.net/01essman_westmore.html .

Learn more about the Westmores, including the beauty aspect here: http://tatteredandlostephemera.blogspot.com/2010/05/westmore-cosmetics-and-jane-wyman.html .

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