Oscar winner Rick Baker, the make-up artist of many films including King Kong (1976), Star Wars (1977), The Funhouse
(1981), Videodrome (1983), and Ed Wood (1994), announced his retirement
from show business last week citing a drop in demand for his services. Since the industry-wide shift to
computer-generated imagery (CGI for short) which permits movies to be made much
quicker than the time it requires to put full makeup on a performer, Mr. Baker,
who patterned his work after his idol and friend, the late great Dick Smith, will
probably continue to act as a consultant and work on special projects in the
future. However, he is no longer
interested in running a full studio.
This is a great shame as those of us who grew up watching his work as
well as the work of the aforementioned Mr. Smith and Jack Pierce will never
forget how we felt when we saw his work in our favorite films.
remember seeing Vincent Price and Kim Hunter give Mr. Baker the Academy Award
for Best Make-Up on March 29, 1982, the first time that the category had ever
appeared. It seems like only
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