|Born||Benjamin Emmet Nye, Sr.
January 12, 1907
Fremont, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||February 9, 1986
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Makeup artist, businessman|
|Relatives||Carroll Nye (brother)|
Benjamin Emmet "Ben" Nye, Sr. (January 12, 1907 – February 9, 1986) was a renowned American makeup artist for the Hollywood film industry for over four decades, from the 1930s to the early 1980s. He worked on over five hundred 20th Century Fox films both in and out of Hollywood. Including Gone with the Wind (1939), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), The King and I (1956), The Fly (1958), Valley of the Dolls (1967), and Planet of the Apes (1968).
Retirement and death
Nye officially retired in 1967 and created the Ben Nye Makeup Company, which has a distinguished reputation internationally. Nye, Sr. left his son Dana in charge of the company as CEO. Nye's son, Ben, Jr., also works in the film makeup industry.
- "Obituaries: Elsewhere". Lexington Herald Leader. February 14, 1986. p. C12.
- Ben Nye at the Internet Movie Database
- MakeUpMania.com interview with son Dana Nye
- Ben Nye Makeup Company
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