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Making Up The Monsters: Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou

During the month of March, Universal Monsters Universe hosted “March of Mummies,” a celebration of all things Mummy from the original 1932 film to news on 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella.  Sadly, we have come upon the end of “March of Mummies” and there is no better send-off to give than an article profiling none other than Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou, the award-winning make-up artist who is currently part of The Mummy crew.

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Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou at the 20th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Yianni-Georgiou was born on July 15 and currently resides in London, England.  Georgiou started in make-up in college, taking a three-year course in Make-Up, Beauty Therapy, Wig-making and Business.  Over the summer she would work at hair salons and took a course at the Vidal Sassoon school to help improve her skills.  Out of this opportunity, she was given the chance to do makeup for competition models.  Georgiou spoke of the experience saying, “It was while in this environment that I applied for a trainee position at Thames Television, an independent company. There were 3,000 applicants for three jobs, one of which I was lucky enough to get!”  Georgiou spent the first six months at a training school learning make-up, ageing, glamour and prosthetics.  After four years, including two years teaching artists herself, she was officially a make-up artist.  Her first job was for a 1984 film called Voyage Around My Father starring Sir Laurence Olivier.  This would be the start of a brilliant career.

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou has gone on to do hair and make up for film’s biggest blockbusters including 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, HBO’s 2001 mini-series Band of Brothers and 2005’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,  among others.  Georgiou has been a make-up artist to such stars as Rachel Weisz in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy and Tom Hiddleston in 2011’s The Deep Blue Sea and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.  She was thrilled to be part of the movie saying, Thor 2 was my first Marvel adventure and my second job with Tom Hiddleston after The Deep Blue Sea. It was great to get Chris Hemsworth looking so cool. It was a real mix of period and contemporary looks. I met one of my heroes on this film; Anthony Hopkins. He was such a pleasure to work with.   An adventure in Iceland with a great team. “  Thor: The Dark World was Georgiou’s first Marvel gig, but it was not her last.

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Hair designer and head of the makeup department Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou is nominated for an Oscar for her work on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s also worked on Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Dark Shadows, The Social Network, An Education and Atonement.

In 2014, Marvel released Guardians of the Galaxy, a space  opera based off of the comic series of the same name.  Georgiou, along with David White, was nominated at the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Hairstyling but lost to the team of Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier from The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Her work in Guardians did help her win a 2015 Critics Choice Award, a 2014 Hollywood Film Award, a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Award and an Italian Online Movie Award (IOMA) and a 2015 Saturn Award.  When asked about her proudest piece on Guardians, Georgiou said, “I think the whole thing is. I’m quite proud of the prosthetics design, they did a really amazing job as well. I think the two of us put together have pulled off something really different in every piece.”  She has been nominated for BAFTA Awards in 2010 for An Education, 2011 for Made in Dagenham and 2015 for Guardians of the Galaxy and a Saturn Award in 2014 for Thor: The Dark World.

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(L-R) Bella Ava Georgiou, Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou, Phoebe Georgiou and Alannah Olivia Georgiou

In addition to being an expert make-up artist, Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou is fluent in Greek and Italian.  She has three daughters who are also in show business, Bella and Alannah Olivia who are actresses and Phoebe who is a media journalist.

You may consider The Mummy to be a family film because Bella and Lizzie will be doing the movie’s make-up together.

Jack Pierce turned Boris Karloff into the Mummy and Ardeth Bay back in 1932 and eighty-five years later, Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou will be working on turning Sofia Boutella into the legendary monster.  We can’t wait and as Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou has promised, “we won’t be disappointed.”

You could find Lizzie Y Georgiou on Twitter @LizzieYG, and on her website lizziegeorgiou.com

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)



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Joe Grodensky

Joe is a man of paradox. Joe is mysterious yet an open book. Joe is outgoing yet introverted. Joe is part wolf and man. Joe's favorite monster movie? Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

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