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Overview (3)

Born in Fremont, Nebraska, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameBenjamin Emmett Nye

Spouse (1)

Helen Barbara Baldwin (21 March 1931 - 9 February 1986) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Ex-father-in-law of Lisa Eichhorn.
Grandfather of Peter Nye and Kristen J. Nye.
Father of makeup artists Ben Nye Jr. and Dana Nye.
Created the whiskers worn by Carroll Nye when he played Frank Kennedy in Gone with the Wind (1939). In fact, the whiskers helped him to get the part; producer David O. Selznick had originally thought him too young for it.
Member of the Society of Makeup Artists (S.M.A.), although rarely credited as such on screen.
Created the Ben Nye make-up company after his retirement in 1967.
Began his career at Fox studios in 1932, making photostat copies of sheet music. He became an apprentice make-up artist three years later and ended up working on more than 500 films for 20th Century Fox.

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