Celebration of Life Slated for July 14

The obituary below is posted with permission from Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706.

On May 4, 2019 Jeanne Van Phue, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her husband, son and two best friends.

Jeanne was born on March 9, 1949, in Manhattan, New York, to Petra Torres and Danny Van Phue.

Jeanne was a unique woman, she touched the lives of all who knew her. She was kind, loving and treated everyone with dignity and respect.

In December 1986, she married John Murphy in Newport Beach, California, on a yacht which was gifted to her from her friend Marla Maples. Jeanne had two sons.

She attended Robert Fiancé Beauty School in New York and was a professional make-up artist and hairdresser for nearly 50 years.

Jeanne Van Phue putting make-up on Kristen Stewart for Twilight
Jeanne Van Phue putting make-up on Kristen Stewart for Twilight | Photo courtesy of Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706

As a hairdresser she worked in many salons and she was also a tattoo artist from 1961 to 1997, even during the time when tattooing was banned. As a tattoo artist this gave her a significant edge as an artist. She was an innovative, brilliant pioneer with all her crafts.

When she was working at a SOHO salon called Girl Loves Boy, she met the niece of the famed New York make-up artist and wig maker, Bob Kelly.

In 1983, Jeff Silver, a client at the time was, UPM-ing a small indie film (Home Free All) and asked if they would be interested in doing the make-up and hair on it. Bob Kelly offered to tutor the girls at his wig space in Times Square, midtown Manhattan, to train for their test to become members of NABET.

Kelly did not ask for any compensation; however, he did insist that Jeanne continue to pass on the knowledge, to “pay it forward.” She honored Kelly’s wishes to the end.

Jeanne passed her test in 1984, and shortly after was on location in Pennsylvania. On that show is where she met her future husband, John Murphy. They then moved to Los Angeles together.

Twilight Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Jeanne Van Phue
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight | Photo MA archive

During the late 1990s Jeanne felt that make-up and hair stylists should also be recognized and honored by their peers for their work on film and television. She was determined to make her ideas and concept happen and come to fruition.

She diligently petitioned from different studios and sets collecting 100s of signatures from Local 706 members, producers and actors that would support The Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. 

People who loved and believed in Jeanne could not wait to sign and support her vision.

In the year 2001, the first Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Launched.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her mother Petra, her father Danny and her son Michael.

She is survived by her husband John Murphy, son Manny, grandchildren Jason and Jazmine and loving friends.

Jeanne was known for her lovely smile, infectious laugh and her kind and compassionate spirit.

She lived life to the fullest, she had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She was all embracing; everyone had a place at her table.

In 1999 she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series, for The X-Files: Two Fathers/One Son, parts 1 and 2.

In 2009 she won an ALMA Award, Special Achievement Behind the Scenes Makeup for Twilight.

In 2015 she was nominated for MUAHS Guild Awards Best Contemporary Makeup for Reckless and for Best Contemporary Hair Styling for Reckless. 

Just a few, (there were too many to list) projects Jeanne designed or worked on: Twilight, Star Trek Into Darkness, Lords of Dogtown, Sideways, High Fidelity, Broken Arrow, Waterworld, The Mighty Ducks, Freejack, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Men at Work, Fabulous Baker Boys, 1969, Young Guns I and II and on and on.

Jeanne Van Phue
July 14, 2019, from 12-5 pm

At the Restaurant: 

7953 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

***Seating is LIMITED, so please RSVP with Local 706 [email protected] as soon as possible