Allan "Whitey" Snyder

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

Allan "Whitey" Snyder
Born(1914-08-07)August 7, 1914
DiedApril 16, 1994(1994-04-16) (aged 79)
Other namesAllan Whitey Snyder
Alan Snyder
Allen Snyder
Alan Snider
OccupationMakeup artist
Years active1948–1987
Marjorie Plecher
(m. 1963)
ChildrenRonald Britton Snyder, Sherrill Christine Snyder


Allan Snyder began his long career as a makeup artist in 1948. He first began his career as an 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 August 1962. Snyder was also a pall-bearer at her funeral.[1]

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 which he worked on from 1984 to 1987.


Snyder died on April 16, 1994, in Hansville, Washington. He was survived by his wife, costumer Marjorie Plecher, who had also worked as the wardrobe director on several of Marilyn Monroe's films.[2]


Year Title Notes
1948 The Walls of Jericho Assistant makeup artist
1948 That Wonderful Urge Uncredited
1949 The Fan Uncredited
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Uncredited
1949 It Happens Every Spring Uncredited
1948 Everybody Does It Credited as Alan Snyder
1949 Whirlpool Uncredited
1950 My Blue Heaven
1950 Two Flags West
1950 For Heaven's Sake Credited as Alan Snyder
1952 Viva Zapata! Uncredited
1952 Monkey Business Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1953 Niagara Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1953 How to Marry a Millionaire Uncredited
1954 River of No Return Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1954 There's No Business Like Show Business Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1955 The Seven Year Itch Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1956 Bus Stop Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1956 Around the World in 80 Days Uncredited
1957 Peyton Place Uncredited
1958 South Pacific Uncredited
1958 The Naked and the Dead Makeup supervisor
1958 Earth vs. the Spider Credited as Allen Snyder
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Uncredited
1958 The Lost Missile Credited as Alan Snyder
1959 Verboten! Credited as Allen Snyder
1959 The Diary of Anne Frank Uncredited
1959 Some Like It Hot Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1959 Born to Be Loved
1960 Let's Make Love Uncredited
1961 The Misfits
1961 King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein
1962 Something's Got to Give Makeup artist to Marilyn Monroe
1963 Tammy and the Doctor
1965 Boeing Boeing
1966 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
1968 The Party Makeup supervisor
1968 Rosemary's Baby
1970 Darling Lili Credited as Allen Snyder
1970 The Moonshine War
1970 How Do I Love Thee? Makeup artist to Maureen O'Hara
1971 Pretty Maids All in a Row
1971 Big Jake Uncredited
1971 The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Credited as Alan Snyder
1971 The Steagle
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Uncredited
1972 1776
1972 The Poseidon Adventure
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Credited as Alan Snider
1976 A Star Is Born
1977 The Goodbye Girl Credited as Allan Whitey Snyder
1984 Racing with the Moon
1984 Sam's Son
Year Title Notes
1973 The Red Pony Television movie
1974 The Underground Man Television movie
1974-1983 Little House on the Prairie 190 episodes
1975 The 1975 Fashion Awards Television special
1976 Brenda Starr Television movie
1976 The Loneliest Runner Television movie
1978 Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not Television special
1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story Television movie
1981 Father Murphy Episode: "Father Murphy"
1983 Love is Forever Television movie
1984 Little House: The Last Farewell Television movie
1984 Little House: Bless All the Dear Children Television movie
1984-1987 Highway to Heaven 68 episodes


  1. ^ Dawn, Randee (March 16, 2012). "Never-before-seen Marilyn Monroe photos up for auction". Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Banner, Lois (2012). Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox. A&C Black. p. 409. ISBN 978-1-408-83330-8.

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