Hope

Hope Abiiba Howell Makeup ArtistThis feature film was shot in Andersonville, Texas (home, at the time, of Lyle Lovett) and directed by Goldie Hawn. While I wasn’t the Key Makeup Artist, I was the First Assistant Makeup Artist and Supervisor of the Extras Makeup and Hair people (Bill Archie and Glenn Alexander). The Key Makeup Artist was Alison Gordin of New Orleans. My Makeup skills were applied to Mary Ellen Trainor (former wife of Bob Zemeckis), Lee Norris (of Boy Meets World), J.T. Walsh (A Few Good Men, The Negotiator, Pleasantville), Jeffrey Sams (Waiting to Exhale, Grey’s Anatomy, Soul Food) and We shot this film in 1997 and in early 1998, J.T. passed away.  I recently learned that Mary Ellen Trainor passed away in 2015. Both were great to work with.

This is the first production I’ve ever worked on where the crew was able to get massages from the masseuse Goldie hired. We had an amazingly fun time at the karaoke wrap party, Mary Ellen gave me a beautiful Ian Logan tray and a lovely J. Crew sweater. She was one of Goldie’s best and dearest friends. What a special spirit she had.

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