Al's Bio

Vicki's Husband Al is
the Make-up Artist to the Stars

Al Schultz began his career in make-up in the mid-sixties. He studied under the legendary Harry Maret, make-up artist to such beauties as Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed and Doris Day. NBC TV gave Al his initial break. There he worked on "Hollywood Squares" and "Laugh-In". Next came "The Dean Martin Show" where he was responsible for the Golddiggers. Spotted by the "Bunny Mother" when a "Playmate" guested on Dean's show, Al was hired one night a week to go to the Playboy Club on Sunset Boulevard to teach the "Bunnies how to do their make-up.

His big break came in 1968 when the Make-up Artist's Union sent him to CBS Television City where Carol Burnett noticed him walking by her dressing room. Attracted first by his rugged, good looks, it was Al's quick, no-nonsense approach to make-up that kept him with Carol for nearly a decade. It was there that he met and fell in love with Vicki Lawrence. When asked to share her favorite beauty tip, Vicki has often quipped, "Sleep with your make-up man!" As head of the "Carol Burnett Show", Al was responsible for not only Carol and Vicki's make-up, but had an opportunity to make-up many famous , beautiful faces: among them were Joan Crawford, Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Raye, Joanne Woodward, Audrey Meadows, Bernadette Peters, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Leslie Uggams, Karen Carpenter, Bobby Gentry, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Helen Reddy, Petula Clark, Joey Heatherton, Tammy Grimes, Charo, Nancy Wilson, Shelley Winters, and Betty White to name a few.

In 1972, Al was promoted to Head of CBS Make-up (West Coast); at the age of 30, the youngest ever. At the height of his tenure, his name appeared on the credits of many of our favorite television programs from "The Sonny and Cher Show" to "All in the Family", "The Young and the Restless", "The Jeffersons", "Good Times", "Maude", "Hot L Baltimore", "Art Linkletter's" House Party", "Hallmark Hall of Fame", "Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center", "The Glen Campbell Show", "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "The Jim Nabors Show", "The Bill Cosby Show", "Tony Orlando and Dawn", "The Price is Right" and more. Some of the female faces that he made up regularly were: Cher, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, Isabel Sanford, Bea Arthur, Rhue McClanahan, and Esther Rolle.

Al also had an opportunity to work at the Merv Griffin Show for several years where he made up many legendary faces. Some of the most memorable were . . . Peggy Lee, Deborah Kerr, Lena Horne, Patty Duke, Jayne Meadows, Maggie Smith, Edie Gorme, Jane Fonda, Agnes Morehead, Diahann Carroll, Lee Meriweather, Barbara Feldon, Goldie Hawn, Joan Baez, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne DiCarlo, Totie Fields, Phyllis Diller, Eva Gabor, Loretta Lynn, Kate Smith, Juliet Prowse and Ethel Merman.

The list of faces touched by Al is endless. In the early 80s, having taken on the television series, "The Planet of the Apes", Al's schedule became so demanding that he decided to devote his time to Vicki, her career, and their 2 children. "I will see to it this marriage stays together in spite of this business." Two grown children and 26 years later they are very much together due in no small part to Al's dedication to his family.

Al also made up many legendary men in his career: John Wayne, Jack Lemon, Henny Youngman, Tom Selleck, George Burns, Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason, Walter Matthau, Michael Caine, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin, Tom Jones, Burt Reynolds, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, Bob Barker, George C. Scott, Tom Brokaw, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and as a particularly interesting side note---last person ever to make-up Elvis for a television concert was Al Schultz.

 

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