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Ronald Berkeley, a longtime personal make-up artist for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, died May 9, 2017. Per, he was 86 years old. The obituary below is posted with permission from Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706.

A third-generation filmmaker with a strong fine arts background, Ron Berkeley began as an apprentice at MGM studios in 1954, under the direction of William Tuttle and Charles Schram and became a full journeyman make-up artist in 1958. He was under contract with MGM for 14 years working in the department's lab and keyed films both overseas and in the U.S.

Berkeley lived in Europe for many years as the personal make-up artist for Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor; doing 30 films with Taylor, and 37 with Burton. He traveled the world on films such as The Manchurian Candidate, The Taming of the Shrew, Anne of the Thousand Days, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.

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