Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2023

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THE ARTISAN SPRING 2023 • 47 In Memoriam EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS Karen Bradley (1951-2022) Make-up Artist Karen was a multi-talented veteran of film, television, theater, opera, ballet, and corporate events. She started her career in theater and opera and was one of the first in Northern California to pioneer a pathway from live events to film and television, and back again using the skills she had acquired there. She worked on many film and television projects such as Blue Jasmine, 13 Reasons Why, The Matrix Reloaded, The Right Stuff, Tucker, Howard the Duck, Ewoks, Miss Rose White, Partners in Crime, and numerous others. She worked at Industrial Light & Magic, frequently on several different Star Wars projects as well. She also continued to work on touring Broadway shows, with occasional forays at the San Francisco Opera and Ballet, as both a wig person and a make-up artist. Along the way, a longtime relationship was formed with Lynda Carter. They met doing Partners in Crime and continued their friendship over 30+ years. When Lynda decided to chart a new path as a cabaret singer, Karen went on the road with her as her wig and make-up artist and many further adventures were had. This jumpstarted Karen's own interest in singing and performing. For the past several years, Karen had taken great joy in honing her guitar skills and singing and playing in and at various venues in Marin County. She is survived by her daughter Zoe, beau Doug, ex-husband Mick, and many other friends and family. Cherie Huffman (1937-2022) Journeyman Hair Stylist Cherie began her career as a Hollywood hair stylist in December 1960. She had worked with some of the most famous people of our time, including Jerry Lewis, John Wayne, Peggy Lee, Ann-Margret, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross and many, many more. She was nominated for an Emmy for hair styling several times, and received a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993-1994 for Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for the series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.She worked on several other large television productions, Dynasty, Head of the Class, Demolition Man and Blinko to name a few. In May of 1998, Cherie retired and took her Honorable Withdrawal in August of 1999. She published a book, Fondling Follicles of the Rich and Famous, and as said by Cherie in the opening of her book, "If you think I'm a name dropper, well I am, but this was my life. So, put on your boots and follow through the path I lived and loved. I was lucky enough to be in the business when it was still mysterious and glamorous." It tells the stories of her experiences as a hairdresser. The book is still available on Amazon, and a copy is also held at the Television Academy in North Hollywood. Cherie passed on November 26, 2022, after a short illness. Our deepest condolences to her husband Bill Huffman and her step-daughter Susan. Ray Dean Steele (1935-2022) Journeyman Make-up Artist Ray Steele joined Local 706 in July of 1967 after passing the test and attaining journeyman status. He was the son of Charles M. Steele, the Columbia lot steward from Local 727. He apprenticed under Ben Lane at Columbia. He was an Armed Services veteran having served from April 1958 thru March 1960. During his make-up career, he worked on many television shows but was especially proud of the work he did on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where he met his wife Judy Evans, who was a costume designer. She predeceased him in 2017. Other shows that he worked on were WKRP in Cincinnati, Benson, Soap, It's a Living, and Bosom Buddies. He also worked on Planet of the Apes. In 1977, he worked on The Betty White Show, and his wife Judy worked on Golden Girls, which started a love affair for the raising and rescuing of alpacas, all under the encouragement and guidance from Betty White. Ray retired from Local 706 in August 1997, and took an Honorable Withdrawal in September of 1999. He is survived by his next of kin, son Kevin Steele, and Kevin's wife, Camille Steele. Ray with wife Judy Evans

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