Local 706, the West Coast’s IATSE, has announced Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng—both Oscar and Emmy winners—as the 2016 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Neill and Toussieng will be presented with the awards on Feb. 20 at the annual Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards. Susan Cabral-Ebert, President of IATSE Local 706, made the announcement today. Neill and Toussieng won Oscars on films they did together: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Ed Wood (1994). They won Daytime Emmy’s for their work with Paul Reubens on Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those artists whose body of work in the film industry consistently enhances make-up and hairstyling artistry. Past recipients include Rick Baker, Montague “Monty” Westmore, Bob Schiffer, John Chambers, Jack Pierce, Daniel Striepeke and Dick Smith.
Neill is the first female make-up artist to win an Oscar and is also the first female make-up artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. She has won three Oscars for Mrs. Doubtfire, Ed Wood and Beetlejuice. She is best known for her work on The Hunger Games series, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Yolanda Toussieng is the first hairstylist to win an Oscar, for Mrs. Doubtfire. She won again the next year for Ed Wood. Her most famous work includes Edward Scissorhands, Oz the Great and Powerful, Hairspray and Batman Returns.
“The bodies of work of Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng are legendary, and we are proud to rank them among the best in the history of our profession. They are extraordinary artists and accomplished leaders in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name them as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients,” said Cabral-Ebert in a press release.