the forgotten woman who designed the creature from the black lagoon - pet film producer
Creatures from the Black Lagoon have reappeared from the deep waters of history.
Scary movie monsters can swim (in his lagoon)
Walking on land
He had long claws, nets on his hands and feet, scales and dorsal fins.
His round head had bulging eyes and a wavy beard.
For the first time in a 1954 film, this elusive creature was captured.
And the woman who designed him, Millicent Patrick.
Now is the focus of a new book: ladies from the Black Lagoon.
Ricou Browning is one of the two actors in the movie who were stuffed into this bio-costume (
He is the swimmer).
"It was a little awkward at first," he said . "
"But I am used to it. I can swim in it easily.
The 89-year-old is not sure who designed the outfit.
But he remembers meeting Millicent Patrick on the set: one time she measured him the size of leotards and one more time he was dressed.
"She painted something on my chest with a brush," Browning said . ".
"She said, 'I give it a touch-up.
I said, okay, but you 'd better dry it. I'm going into the water.
This is the last time I saw her.
More than 60 years later, Millicent Patrick showed up again with her bio on the forearm of writer Mallory O'Mara.
"He hugged her and I kind of liked her because it looked like he was saying, 'Thank you for creating me.
"Thank you, Mom," said O'Mara.
Omella, 28, is a scary science fiction novel.
She tracked down the details of Patrick's life for her book, Lady in Black Lagoon.
"She's the first woman I 've ever seen to shoot a monster movie," O'Meara said . ".
So she became my hero.
Millicent Patrick was born on 1915.
When she was 6 years old, her family began living at Hearst Castle in St. Simeon, California, publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Her father Camille Rossi is the director of architecture.
Years later, she talked to a real estate historian about the style of growing up there: swimming pools, French pastry chefs, pet leopards, and lions.
She recalled that Hearst was a huge and terrible man who had a big party with the movie star and she said she changed her name to Millicent --
Like Hearst's wife (
Over the years, she will add all kinds of husband's surnames.
In Hollywood, Millicent Patrick has some memorable parts.
In a movie by Abbott and Costello, she was a dark man. haired beauty.
In the TV series "Rama in the jungle", she played the "white goddess" of an African tribe and welcomed outsiders in stilts.
Patrick is also a skilled visual artist.
After attending art school, she became one of the first female animators at Walt Disney Studios.
Her chalk work has a place in 1940 films, fantasy.
Mindy Johnson said: "When you look at the sequence of" Tokata and Fuge ", it is indeed an abstract impressionist hint of musical tones, "a lecturer at the California Institute of Art and a history expert for female animators.
Johnson says millilry de Rossi
As the artist is known in Disney
"A Night on Bald Hill" also participated in the "Fantasy" series.
"On the top of the mountain is a winged creature named chernaboo. "Walt [Disney]
"I want this dark creature to be defeated by the light," Johnson said . ". "As the [dawn]
The bell rings and you will see this soft blue light reflecting through the body of chernabag.
Interestingly, this is her first monster.
Patrick moved to Universal Studios to design special effects makeup and monsters, her most famous being creatures from the Black Lagoon.
Omella said that at the time, Universal's propaganda department sent Patrick to participate in the publicity tour of the film, the film was initially promoted to create the beauty of the beast.
"Her boss at the Globe monster store, a man named Bud Westmore, said, 'No, I don't want [the beauty]Created]the Beast —
"We will reshape its brand and it will be beauty who lives with the Beast," O'Mara said.
"He said, 'Well, we're on this trip and we're going to send you all over the country, but you have to tell people that I designed it.
You can't be praised for it.
Bud Westmore was so jealous of all the attention she received that he fired her and she returned to Los Angeles and never worked behind the scenes in Hollywood.
"In order to support the history of this version, Omella discovered a memo from Universal Studios at the University of Southern California's library of film arts.
Universal declined to comment to NPR on its first female monster designer, but the curator of the Westmore Museum told us that Bud Westmore supervised a woman who created the creature.
As the head of the studio makeup department, this is his name on the head of the video, which is the convention.
"Having played so many creatures for so many years, I can tell you that it takes a village to make monsters," said actor Doug Jones . ".
He plays an amphibious animal in the Oscar.
Guillermo del Toro has won 2017 films, The Shape of Water, to pay tribute to the creatures from the Black Lagoon.
Artists are rarely honored, says Jones.
Designers, bio creators and makeup artists
"It's a tight circle, you know," Jones said . ".
"Heritage has been passed down from one generation to the next.
So it was a tragedy that her name did not appear until now.
Millicent Patrick Rossi Trent continues to live as a social woman in Los Angeles and continues to paint portraits.
She died on 1998 at the age of 82.
Now you know her name.
Nina Gregory edited the broadcast version of the story.