Dramatis Personae: The Family Cast
Let's start at the very beginning...My mother's family moved to Hollywood from Denver, Colorado in the 1930's in hope of realizing their mother's dream: stardom for her family. With the help of their manager/mother Margaret Griffin, many of them made a name for themselves. Here's a bit on their history:
Gaye, (my mother) actress/singer/dancer. First professional
job at age 7; retired in 1967 to raise a family. Called "TV's Reining
Western Queen" in a 1999 article in Western Clippings magazine, her
largest body of work being in that genre.
Griffin, Jr (my uncle) makeup. Started off as an actor going
by the name Ruell Shayne but ended up well known for his makeup talents.
His is the longest show biz career in my family thus far. He ran the makeup
effects shop for the "Planet of the Apes" television series
and is perhaps best known for his work producing the open rib cage effect
in the film A Man Called Horse. He retired a couple years back but occasionally
returns to work on a Steve Martin film (he's been his personal makeup
artist for years).
Loring (aka Judith Gibson) The oldest of the sisters. Married Gene
Pickler, a set builder who worked in Hollywood for many years until his
retirement. They reside about an hour from Los Angeles.
Trainoff (Frank's partner of many years) hair stylist/wardrobe
for many years. Toured for 8 years with Lena Horn and Pegge Lee. Resides
near the Hollywood area with Frank.
THEY SAY TALENT SKIPS A GENERATION.... Only a couple of us followed in our parent's Hollywood footsteps, and the same two of us also married into the industry. In my completely biased opinion, my family within Hollywood and without are talented individuals with a variety of fulfilling careers. Here's my generation of the Griffin clan Hollywooders:
Schiffbauer (my husband) actor/prop maker/costumer Mike has
been creating award winning props and costumes for over a decade.
Crank (my cousin and Frank Griffin's daughter) hair stylist/makeup
(Roxane's husband) prop maker
Then there's ME. I've done little worth writing home about (especially where I come from!) but I do have a credit for a walk-on role on a Herb Alpert television special, appeared in a direct-to-video How To video, worked as a Production Assistant on a trailer pitch for the Battlestar Galactica remake, and assisted my husband off set with wardrobe construction for the television pilot THE ENFORCER. I prefer to remain behind the scenes as a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Visit IN MY WILDEST DREAMS for more on my writing efforts.
THE LEGACY LIVES ON.....my children have already seen time in front of the camera and have been learning costume and prop construction as well. My youngest daughter Amanda appeared in a Blue Shield commercial and is studying advanced drama at our town's magnet school for performing arts; all five of the others have done "extra" work for local news stations, performed on stage in costuming competitions. Several appeared in the direct-to-video How To I mentioned earlier, and more. My middle daughter, Danielle, is a published writer and aspiring musician. Three of the kids have expressed interest in pursuing acting or stage work; two are interested in prop making and costuming.
"Aspiring" kids, Amanda and Ryan, done up in THE CROW costumes for Halloween. They've got the posing thing down!