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BUD WESTMORE - ORIGINAL ART UNSIGNED BUT SIGNED BY PAUL MUNI - HFSID 287503

The Hollywood make-up artist's sculptured 12½-tall life mask of Muni as he appeared in his starring role in the Oscar-winning 1937 film The Life of Emile Zola. This remarkable piece comes from Westmore's personal collection.

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BUD WESTMORE and PAUL MUNI
The Hollywood make-up artist's sculptured 12½-tall life mask of Muni as he appeared in his starring role in the Oscar-winning 1937 film The Life of Emile Zola. This remarkable piece comes from Westmore's personal collection.
Original Art, unsigned. Life mask of actor Paul Muni for his title role in the film The Life of Emile Zola (1937). The faux-bronze mask measures 9" wide by 12½ tall. George Hamilton "BUD" WESTMORE (1918-1973), the second of three generations of famed Hollywood makeup artists, prepared actors for over 450 productions, including such films as The Creature in the Black Lagoon and The Man of a Thousand Faces and TV's The Munsters. Westmore didn't do scary monsters only; he was make-up director on To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and many TV crime and western series. His father (George Westmore) established the first Hollywood make-up department in 1917. His older brother PERC WESTMORE (1904-1970), also followed in his father's footsteps, and was well known in Hollywood before his brother. In 1937, while Bud was doing his first Hollywood job, Perc was chief make-up artist on The Life of Emile Zola. This sculpture was part of Westmore's collection of mementos of his family's accomplishments and memorable actor subjects. PAUL MUNI (1895-1967) was nominated for the 1928-1929 Academy Award for Best Actor for his first feature film role, drifter James Dyke in The Valiant. He was also nominated for Best Actor Oscars for roles in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932-1933), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and The Last Angry Man (1959), winning for his portrayal another famous Frenchman, Louis Pasteur. While passed over for the Oscar for Emile Zola, Muni did win the New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor award for that portrayal. Muni's other acting achievements included the title role in Juarez (1939), and an impressive Broadway comeback (and Tony award) as Henry Drummond in the premiere of Inherit the Wind (1955). Multiple small surface chips. Otherwise, fine condition.

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