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Fern Buchner, a makeup artist who worked on Barry Sonnenfeld’s two Addams Family movies and nearly two dozen films directed by Woody Allen, from Annie Hall through Everyone Says I Love You, has died. She was 87.
Buchner, whose credits also include Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), died Sept. 23 in Henderson, Nev., her friend Diane Salzberg told The Hollywood Reporter.
Buchner was nominated for BAFTA Awards for her work on Allen’s Zelig (1983) and on the Addams Family films released in 1991 and 1993.
She started out with Allen on his best picture winner Annie Hall (1977) and continued with him on Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), Stardust Memories (1980), A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), September (1987), Another Woman (1988), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), his segment in New York Stories (1989), Alice (1990), Husbands and Wives (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Everyone Says I Love You (1996).
Buchner also was the makeup artist on Paul Mazursky’s Scenes From a Mall (1991), which starred Allen and Bette Midler.
“Woody Allen himself was not the easiest person for a makeup artist to work with,” Dave Miller, Buchner’s life partner for the past 19 years, said. “He didn’t like a lot of makeup anyway, and Fern told me they had to almost tie his hands down so that she could do his makeup. But they had a great relationship.”
Buchner’s first job was at CBS, where she did Mike Wallace’s makeup on his morning news show. She also worked on the soap opera The Guiding Light when it was a 15-minute program.
Buchner’s inaugural film credit came on the Italian release Lady Liberty (1971), starring Sophia Loren, and she went on to work with such directors as Paul Newman (1972’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), Alan J. Pakula (1976’s All the President’s Men), Bob Fosse (1979’s All That Jazz), Warren Beatty (1981’s Reds), Frank Oz (1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan), John Huston (1987’s The Dead), Ron Howard (1989’s Parenthood), Herbert Ross (1995’s Boys on the Side) and Brian De Palma (1998’s Snake Eyes, her last film).
In addition to Miller, survivors also include her sons Barry, Alan and Scott.
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