Bud Westmore (January 13, 1918 – June 24, 1973) was a make-up artist in Hollywood, and a member of the Westmore family of makeup.

Bud Westmore
George Hamilton Westmore

(1918-01-13)January 13, 1918
Los Angeles, California, US
DiedJune 24, 1973(1973-06-24) (aged 55)
Los Angeles
OccupationMake-up artist
Years active1938–1973
Martha Raye
(m. 1937; div. 1937)

Rosemary Lane
(m. 1941; div. 1954)

Jeanne Shores
(m. 1955)
Parent(s)George Westmore
RelativesSee Westmore family

Life and careerEdit

Son of George Westmore, a member of the Westmore family prominent in Hollywood make-up, he is credited on over 450 movies and television shows, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Man of a Thousand Faces, The Andromeda Strain, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. He was sometimes credited as George Hamilton Westmore.

Westmore was head of the Universal Studios make-up department during the production of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Creature that was finally approved was designed by a former pioneering female Disney animator, Milicent Patrick, who'd become Universal's first female makeup and special effects employee. Westmore stole Patrick's credit for the Creature, and due to his professional jealously, he had Patrick fired from Universal, effectively destroying her career.

In addition to film, Bud worked extensively in television, on shows such as The Virginian, The Munsters, Rod Serling's Night Gallery,[1] and Dragnet.

In 1957 Mattel asked Bud to design the makeup look of their soon to be iconic doll, Barbie.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Westmore was married to actress and singer Martha Raye for five months in 1937. His second wife was actress Rosemary Lane, one of the famous Lane Sisters, who appeared in a number of movies in the 1930s and 40s. They had a daughter together. Westmore later married Jeanne Shores, a contestant and the winner of the 1952 Miss California Pageant, and they had four children together.


Westmore died at the age of 55 on June 24, 1973 due to a heart attack.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Skelton, Scott (December 1, 1998). Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour. Syracuse University Press. p. 114.
  2. ^ Oppenheimer, Jerry (February 2, 2010). Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel. Wiley. p. 30. ISBN 007140211X.
  3. ^ "Bud Westmore, Makeup Artist For Movies and Television, Dies", (archives) New York Times, p.48, 26 Jun 1973.

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