Oscar-nominated makeup artist kills self, husband


An Oscar-nominated makeup artist shot her photographer-husband and then killed herself in the couple's bedroom, authorities said Wednesday.

Hallie D'Amore, 64, and her 65-year-old husband, Richard, were found dead Friday by her co-workers who were concerned when she failed to show up for work, police Det. Mike DePasquale said.

One worker climbed to a second-story window and saw two bodies inside, DePasquale said.

Authorities said there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry. A gun was found at the scene.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled the deaths a murder-suicide.

DePasquale said Hallie D'Amore left a "disjointed" note of several pages but it did not mention a specific motive.

"They'd been having marital problems," he said. "That's what the neighbors and family were telling us -- and maybe monetary problems that created stress."

The couple recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary.

Hallie D'Amore was nominated for an Academy Award for her work with two others on the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump." She won an Emmy in 2003 for her work on the HBO movie "Normal."

D'Amore entered the entertainment makeup business in the 1970s.

"She was one of the first women in the business," Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of the local makeup artists' union, told the Los Angeles Times. "It was all men at the time. She gave me my first job."

Richard D'Amore was a photographer popular among celebrities, including Michelle Pfeiffer and Dolly Parton, according to his Web site.

The couple was survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.