Layne “Shotgun” Britton

Layne “Shotgun” Britton

Birth
Munday, Knox County, Texas, USA
Death 12 Dec 1993 (aged 86)
Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Pacific Terrace Plot, Lot 157, Grave B
Memorial ID 10308543 · View Source
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Legendary Hollywood Makeup Artist. Born William Tom Layne Britton, his childhood nickname "Shotgun," by which he was always known, was given to him by his father who said he looked like a "sawed-off shotgun" in his new knickers. His famous clients included Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, the late John Belushi, John Candy and Jane Russell. He was under personal contract to Russell for ten years during the Howard Hughes ownership of RKO Studios, a rarity in Hollywood. He was also a collegiate star quarterback named by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice as All American potential back in the twenties when Texas' Hardin-Simmons University was a gridiron powerhouse. Soon after graduation, he came to Hollywood in 1928 with a letter written to Joan Crawford by her father, Tom LeSeur. Joan got Shotgun a job in the make-up department of MGM, the studio where she was to become one of its biggest stars. An accomplished golfer with a scratch handicap in his prime, he was a friend and playing partner of such golfing greats as Jimmy Demaret, Sam Sneed and Ben Hogan. Demaret urged Shotgun to go on the PGA tour but the make up artist said he couldn't afford to take a drop in income. That was in the days before pro golfers became millionaires. Shotgun and Bing Crosby were always rated among the top golfers in the movie colony. He was a past president of Local 706, the makeup artists union and was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


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  • Added: 12 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10308543
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Layne “Shotgun” Britton (5 Sep 1907–12 Dec 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10308543, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .