Palm Beach Forum Page
25, August 21, 1996
makes people look their best...or worst
Harry L. Swiderski
Forum Staff Writer
her finest work is sometimes critical in the making of
a movie, you would have to have strong eyes and be a quick
reader to find her name among the credits at the end of
resident Linda Zibelli is a motion picture and television
makeup artist who has to skillfully apply makeup to enhance
facial appearances and, sometimes, produce ugly wounds
or scars for individuals appearing before cameras.
career came as an accident. Her brother and his lady friend
stopped by for a visit enroute to a film shoot assignment
and she jokingly said, "If you ever need a hair dresser,
did she realize at the time that her hair dressing career
was about to take a step in a different direction. Her
brother gave her name to a Universal Studios associate
and she was called to work on a film in Miami.
was called Running Scared, she said, adding that
the hairstyles were to be from the 60's, an era with which
she was totally familiar. "I was paid $150 a week
for three months," she recalled. After the initial
exposure, she eased into doing makeup. Today, however,
her salary has escalated many, many times more depending
upon the production, the location and the performers.
example, she was one of the makeup artists for Striptease,
although Demi Moore had her own personal makeup person.
"I worked with the supporting cast, but had a lot
assignment was followed up more recently by an assignment
to do the makeup on a man and women performing in a Christian
rock music vidio in Viscaya. Sometimes the assignments
are short and other times rather lenghty, she said.
example of where her talents were utilized was in the
shooting of a commercial for a Portugese newspaper. The
assignment was carried out in Honduras and took a week
who is attractive enough to be an actress, explained her
task was to provide cosmetic makeovers for an actress,
performing as a lady reporter for the newspaper which
supposedly was doing a story on dolphin research. While
much of the filming was done in the streets of Honduras,
there were numerous water scenes where the actress would
appear in the water with the mammals.
commercial ended with her finny friends carrying her about
30 feet deep into the water before breaking the surface
with her on their noses. In her hand, she carried a camera
and the message flashed on the screen, "We'll go
to any depths to get a story."