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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 15:48:34 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppetry Journal/celebrity puppet portraits

Wayne Martin - * Elton John
               * Dolly Parton
               * Donny and Marie Osmond
               * Frank Sinatra
               * Jimmy and Rosalind Carter

Wayne Martin 
The Wayne Martin Puppets
134 Beach Street * Boston, MA 02111
voice: 617-423-3663 * fax:=A0 617-348-2115

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Alan Cook
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 2:50 PM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Puppetry Journal/celebrity puppet portraits

How many puptcritters have made or used puppet portraits of people
considered celebrities?

I need photos and background information.

My preliminary list based on memory includes the following who made celeb

Tatterman Marionettes (1930s) Myrna Loy marionette (currently on display at
Great Arizona Puppet Theater)

Steve Hansen hand puppet of Richard Nixon  

Lillian Faulkner--various vodvil stars n miniature (1920s/30s)

Lillian Owen- Greenwich Village Follies (on Broadway) 1920s portrait
marionettes of Maurice Chevalier, Harry Lauder & others

Tony Urbano: various stage & screen stars (many used in Hollywood at
Universal Studio Tour Show years ago) including Edith Piaf, Bob Hope,
Phyliss Diller)

Mantell Manikins (1930s, maybe earlier) Jimmy Durante marionette

Yale Puppeteers (Harry Burnett) Franklin Roosevelt, Helen Hayes, Garbo,
Marie Dressler, Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons, Ramon Navarro, Aimee Semple
MacPherson (the vanishing evangelist), Albert Einstein (who was photo'd wih
his puppet, as was Helen Hayes with hers), Gary Cooper etc.

Krofft Puppets: Jayne Mansfield, Brigit Bardot, Jackie Gleason and many

Scott Land-Michael Jackson

Phillip Huber--Liza Minelli

Bil Baird- a host of celebs, including FDR and Ed Sullivan.

 The use of portrait puppets is widespread. Should YOU be added to this
list? Do you know of other puppeteers who should be added?

Also, have any of  you made self-portrait puppets? Frank Paris did a hand
puppet version of himself which he could operate while seated (following an
accident in NYC which temporarily ended his working marionettes).


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