A memorial for New York wigmaker and make-up artist Bob Kelly will be held Oct. 2 at the York Theatre in Manhattan. Family and friends will gather at the event to celebrate Kelly, who died April 18 in Nyack, New York at age 87.
A 60-year industry veteran, Kelly worked on Broadway shows A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Rothschilds, High Spirits, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Legally Blonde and Beauty and the Beast. Kelly also worked in movies and television. In 1958, he founded Bob Kelly Wig Creations, which grew to include a theatrical make-up line; he supplied several productions, including Saturday Night Live.
The memorial will include presentations by Local 798 member John Hall Jr., Broadway wigmaker Paul Huntley, Saturday Night Live wigmaker Linda Rice and John Caglione Jr., who won an Achievement in Makeup Oscar for Dick Tracy.
Memories of Kelly may be sent to his daughter, Barbara, at [email protected] no later than Sept. 15 for inclusion in the memorial program. In addition, donations may be made in Kelly’s memory to the Actor’s Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. In 2012, a wig-making scholarship will be established in Kelly’s memory. Details are forthcoming.
The York Theatre is located at 619 Lexington Avenue. The event begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to Barbara Kelly at [email protected].