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Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead in Dark Passage 1947
Reblogging these because one of them got reposted and featured in vintage.
Under the hot arc lamps on the set, Agnes’ perspiration would start to flow under the mask and washed saltily into her eyes. The mask drew her cheek muscles painfully and, sometimes, a stab of pain would cut from her forehead down to her jaw.
"This thing’s killing me," Gene Handsaker, the AP movie columnist, reported hearing her tell the director, whereupon she blew a line. She went to her dressing room and lay down; a makeup man brought an ice bag to cool her rubberized face.
The mask was made from a plaster cast of her face, molded while she sat in the barber chair. Westmore, one of the most famous makeup experts in the business, then spent 46 hours molding, on top of this, the clay likeness of an old woman.
Agnes Moorehead and the mask she wears in “Lost Moment” are the subject of a two-page illustrated feature in the current issue of Life magazine. The Life story says she plays the part of a 110-year old woman; other publicity material puts the age at 104, but let’s not quarrel over six years at this advanced stage of life.
At the radio studio on the night of the aforementioned rehearsal, an acquaintance advised her: “You should never play such a part again unless they paid you double.”
"I shall never play such a part again, period," exclaimed Agnes, positively, with one of the dynamic gestures which she uses characteristically to punctuate her conversation. (1947)
Agnes Moorehead on the phone at the Brown Derby.