Allan "Whitey" Snyder

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

Allan Snyder had a long and immensely successful career as a film make-up artist, beginning in 1948, with his appointment as assistant make-up artist on the film The Walls of Jericho.

Whitey Snyder was Marilyn Monroe's makeup artist throughout her career:[1] 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 1962. Snyder was also a pall-bearer at the funeral.

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.


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