Sooo….in honor of Oscar Countdown…meet the family movie and entertainment industry pioneer…My Great Grandfather, Robert C. Bruce Sr. (and, YES, to all of you Braveheart fans, that is the same name of the Scotsman Mel Gibson tried to kill in his kilt…hmmm…I hear there’s some relation…anyway….)
Born in Stowe, Vermont in 1887 (as most of you know by now, one of my favorite places!), he made his way to Hollywood around 1917. To say he did it all would be an understatement….producer, director, crew dude, cinematographer and writer. His full career, starting in silent films, spanned 30 years….not too shabby, I’d say! I should be so lucky!
As a cinematographer for Paramount Pictures in the 30’s, he was best known for his pioneering work in the first outdoor Technicolor film, “Trail of the Lonesome Pines” (1936), starring Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda, and “Waikiki Wedding” (1937), starring Bing Crosby….now THAT’S kinda cool! And…both films were nominated for Oscars…OK…for the music only…but it’s still worth a mention, I think… 🙂
And in his infinite wisdom and foreshadowing….here’s what he had to tell a newspaper about makeup. “Predicting a brilliant future for colored films, (hmmm…ya think??) Mr . Bruce revealed that a different makeup technique is needed from that of black and white films. A lighter makeup is used in color work.” So true! So true!! What would he have said about HD??
So…thanks for visiting and learning more about me than just makeup…there’s more to come, including more relatives with fancy jobs and dogs in outfits! I promise!