Carmen Dirigo (Daisy Obradowits) was born on 30 December, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA, is a Make Up Department. Discover Carmen Dirigo’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of Carmen Dirigo networth?
|Popular As||Daisy Obradowits|
|Age||100 years old|
|Born||30 December 1907|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of death||25 June, 2007|
|Died Place||Van Nuys, California, USA|
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She is currently single. She is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about She’s past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our Database, She has no children.
Her net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Carmen Dirigo worth at the age of 100 years old? Carmen Dirigo’s income source is mostly from being a successful Make Up Department. She is from USA. We have estimated Carmen Dirigo’s net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.
|Net Worth in 2021||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2020||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Source of Income||Make Up Department|
Until a severe fall at home in 2000 left her partially immobilized, Dirigo was an avid equestrian and enjoyed watching her Academy screeners on VHS tapes. She leaves behind no living heirs. Her legacy, along with her mother’s, was creating firm aesthetics for women’s hairstyles in films that remains to this day.
“I kept after her, but she was very shy,” Carmen recalled in 1999. “One day, she went and made an appointment at Universal with Carl Laemmle and she sold him on the idea of having a hairstylist established on the lot. She told him that she once saw a picture where the actress is out in the rain, and when she comes in, her hair is all dry. She told him that he could have someone established on each picture to read the script and follow the story and do it accordingly. He thought that was brilliant, and that’s how it all started.
Dirigo’s last job in the business was as hairstyling department head for TV’s Petticoat Junction, where she worked until 1970. She retired to her house on Coldwater Canyon Boulevard in Van Nuys where she lived the rest of her life.
For an episode which aired in April, 1955, using wigs and makeup, she and Jack Pierce transformed actor Jeff Morrow into Abraham Lincoln for a staged recreation of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In 1951, the nascent television medium beckoned, and she moved to TV on shows including Fireside Theater, which ran until 1955. Around that time,, she did several episodes a CBS show called You Are There, which recreated significant moments from history.
“One of her biggest challenges at Universal was the 1948 film, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid which featured underwater photography of star Ann Blyth. “The producer wanted her hair to look as beautiful underwater as out of the water. ,” she recalled. “I had to get together with a chemist to figure out what we could use that would be pliable in the water. For days, before the picture started, I would be in my department with a fishbowl, and I’d have a hunk of hair which I waved first and sprayed with this chemical. I’d plunk it in the water and swish it around and see if it held the curl. When it did, I knew that it was okay. “While at Universal, Dirigo served as president of the Cinema Hairstylists, an elite association, and was the first hairstylist in the business to get screen credit.
“By 1933, after taking a state test to get her cosmetology license, Carmen followed her mother and entered the hairstyling field, first working at United Artists. After four years, she moved to Paramount where she first worked with stars like Fontaine and Fredric March. Eight years later, she came to Universal as head of hairstyling, where her mother had broken ground working with legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce, famous for Universal’s slate of classic monster films. Of the rapid pace of the classic studio days, Carmen remembered the structured approach to the work. “They didn’t have time to talk about stuff then,” she said. “We would get there early, and have to rush to get people out on time. If I had wigs to do, I’d have to be there at 6:30AM and take the wigs off the block. Max Factor’s on Highland and three wigmakers out of Universal would ventilate the wigs. Then, I would style them the night before.
Chances are, if you saw a movie with one of the stars of the 1930s or 1940s, her hair was done by Carmen Dirigo, who passed away on July 25 in Van Nuys at the age of 99. Dirigo, born Daisy Obradowits, was a prominent hair and wig stylist in Hollywood’s Golden Age, working at the various studios and later in television. Among her stable of stars were Joan Bennett, Yvonne De Carlo, Joan Fontaine and her sister, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Blyth, Elena Verdugo, and many others.
She was born in New York on December 30, 1907 and moved with her mother Lilley to Southern California in the 1920s. Soon after, Lilley started a beauty shop on Cahuenga in Hollywood while Carmen went to school. But the younger Dirigo had show business dreams. From an early age, she worked as a dancer at the Egyptian, Chinese, and Pantages theaters doing prologue shows before feature films ran. At Carmen’s urging, Lilley finally attempted to get into the movie business during the last years of the silents.