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William J. Tuttle (April 13 1912July 27 2007) was an Americanmarker make-up artist. Born in Jacksonville, Floridamarker, at a young age he was forced to leave school to support his mother and younger brother. After a series of odd-jobs and a brief stint in his own band, Tuttle moved to Hollywood, Californiamarker to work under makeup artist Jack Dawn at Twentieth Century Pictures.

In 1934, Tuttle and Dawn moved to MGM. Working as Dawn's assistant, Tuttle supervised the makeup work in such movies as The Wizard of Oz and Father of the Bride.

Tuttle created makeup for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, among them Judy Garland (“Summer Stock”, 1950); Gene Kelly (“Singin’ in the Rain”, 1952); Katharine Hepburn (“Pat and Mike”, 1952) and Esther Williams (“Million Dollar Mermaid”, 1952). Eventually he worked his way up to head of the studio's makeup department,

In the fifties he would be responsible for the makeup in Singin' in the Rain, Forbidden Planet and The Time Machine. He reused pieces he first created for The Time Machine in "The Eye of the Beholder", one of his many Twilight Zone contributions.

In 1964, Tuttle received a special Academy Award for his work on George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; this was 17 years before makeup became an official Oscar category. Later work included Logan's Run and Young Frankenstein.

William Tuttle died, aged 95, from natural causes at his home in Pacific Palisades, Californiamarker, survived by his wife, Anita and his daughter, Teresa.

He is buried in Minneaapolis, Minnesota's Lakewood Cemeterymarker.


William Tuttle was married five times. He was the first husband of Oscar-winning film and television star Donna Reed. He was survived by his daughter, Teresa, and predeceased by his son, John (both children were from his marriage to the late Marie Kopicki).


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