Monday, September 22, 2014

She put eyeliner on the Beatles

Here's a nice story about veteran CBS-TV makup artist Riccie Johnson, who made-up the Beatles for their first "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance.

She still works on "60 Minutes."
"They were quiet," Johnson recalls. "They were anxious. A little nervous, I want to say."

Decades later, Johnson happened to run into Paul McCartney in the halls of CBS. To her surprise, he remembered her. McCartney said to her, "You used pancake makeup and eyeliner, and when we asked you about the eyeliner, you said, 'It'll be fine.'"

The Fab Four seemed unsure of her decision to apply eyeliner, but Johnson knew it was best for a performance on black and white television screens.

"I thought, 'It's black and white. How can we show their features best? Their eyes.'"

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