Judy Crown

Hair Stylist


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In her three-hour interview, Judy Crown discusses her early television work as a hair stylist, including work on The Starland Vocal Band, starring David Letterman. She describes styling hair for the infamous made-for-television movie The Day After, and becoming the regular hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard. She recounts styling hair for several shows, including Designing Women, Murphy Brown, My Sister Sam, and others. Crown recounts her long stint as hair stylist for Seinfeld, and working with the cast including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards. She recalls later career jobs working on Bye Bye Birdie, CSI, and The Riches. She concludes by talking about various hair styling challenges, and advice to aspiring hair stylists. Adrienne Faillace conducted the interview on April 29, 2016 in Shadow Hills, CA.

"I like the creativity of hair styling. It's like painting or drawing. It’s shaping things, it’s working with my hands. I like to make things, and doing hair is making something."

Highlights
Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56
Judy Crown on what she liked about styling hair
00:58
Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
04:37
Judy Crown on working with Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, her proudest career achievements
08:32
Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
04:00
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band; on why she decided to become a hair stylist
On being a hair stylist for The Day After, and on working with directors and dealing with natural elements when shooting outside; on the hair styling tools she typically keeps in her trailer on a shoot and on hair continuity; on being the hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard
On being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"; on working on Michael Jackson's "Captain EO" and his "Smooth Criminal" music video
On styling hair for Designing Women; on making actors feel comfortable with her, and on coordinating with the makeup and wardrobe departments

Chapter 2

On her typical set location when she does hair, and on coloring hair; on dealing with wigs and hair extensions on shows like Seinfeld; on dealing with actors who are unhappy with their hair
On styling hair for Murphy Brown; on working with the cast of Murphy Brown including Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, and on doing Candice Bergen's hair differently for different settings; on working on Murphy Brown during the Dan Quayle controversy
On how "Murphy Brown's" hair changed over the course of the series, and doing hair for the male cast members; on working with directors on Murphy Brown; on being nominated for an Emmy for Murphy Brown, and juggling that show with Dear John ... and Designing Women; on working on the finale of Murphy Brown
On working on My Sister Sam, Growing Pains, and Dear John ...; on being hired to style hair for Seinfeld, and on working with the cast
On changing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hair during the run of Seinfeld, and on her friendship with Jerry Seinfeld; on working with Jason Alexander and Larry David on Seinfeld; on a typical work week on the show

Chapter 3

On working with Seinfeld directors Tom Cherones and Andy Ackerman; on working on specific episodes of Seinfeld dealing with hair, and on working on the finale; on styling hair for Bye Bye Birdie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams
On working with Jane Fonda on her fitness videos; on the duties of the hair department head; on doing hair for Geppetto starring Drew Carey
On styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY; on styling hair for The Riches
On her retirement in 2007; on teaching hair styling; on her mentors
On her work on the Television Academy Board of Governors; on what you can learn about a character from their hairstyle, and on her favorite types of hair styles and biggest challenges; on how the television industry has changed since she started
On diversity in her field; on what she liked about styling hair; on career achievements, regrets, advice to aspiring hair stylists, and how she'd like to be remembered
Shows

Bye Bye Birdie

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Bye Bye Birdie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams
02:21

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Judy Crown on styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY
04:02

CSI: NY

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Judy Crown on styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY
04:02

Day After, The

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Judy Crown on being a hair stylist for The Day After, and on working with directors and dealing with natural elements when shooting outside
06:17

Dear John ...

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Dear John ...
01:20

Designing Women

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Judy Crown on crafting the hair styles for the characters on Designing Women for producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
05:40
Judy Crown on the process of doing hair for Designing Women, and on following the trends in hair styles as the seasons progressed
03:54

Dukes of Hazzard, The

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Judy Crown on getting a job as hair stylist on The Dukes of Hazzard, and on being fired from Goodnight, Beantown
05:11
Judy Crown on her typical work week as hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard
01:10

Great Houdini, The

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Judy Crown on styling hair for The Great Houdini, and on winning an Emmy for it
06:29

Growing Pains

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains
01:57

Hannah Montana

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Hannah Montana
03:37

Moonlighting

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
04:37
Judy Crown on working with Cybill Shepherd on Moonlighting
02:52

Moonlighting: "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
04:37

Murphy Brown

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
03:59
Judy Crown on working with the cast of Murphy Brown including Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, and on doing Candice Bergen's hair differently for different settings
05:56
Judy Crown on working on Murphy Brown during the Dan Quayle controversy
01:57
Judy Crown on how "Murphy Brown's" hair changed over the course of the series, and doing hair for the male cast members including Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto
02:30
Judy Crown on working with the various directors of Murphy Brown
01:24
Judy Crown on being nominated for an Emmy for Murphy Brown, and juggling that show with Dear John ... and Designing Women
03:35
Judy Crown on working on the finale of Murphy Brown
01:12
Judy Crown on her long run on Murphy Brown
00:55

My Sister Sam

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Judy Crown on styling hair for My Sister Sam, and on the murder of series star Rebecca Schaeffer
02:47

Riches, The

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Judy Crown on styling hair for The Riches
03:47

Seinfeld

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Judy Crown on dealing with wigs and hair extensions on shows like Seinfeld
04:43
Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56
Judy Crown on changing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hair during the run of Seinfeld
00:59
Judy Crown on dealing with Jerry Seinfeld's hair on Seinfeld, and on her friendship with Seinfeld and the cast
04:18
Judy Crown on working with Jason Alexander on Seinfeld
04:00
Judy Crown on working with Larry David on Seinfeld
01:17
Judy Crown on a typical work week for her on Seinfeld
03:08
Judy Crown on working with Seinfeld directors Tom Cherones and Andy Ackerman
01:25
Judy Crown on working on specific episodes of Seinfeld dealing with hair, and on working on the finale
04:41

Starland Vocal Band, The

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Judy Crown on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band, featuring David Letterman as host
03:38
Topics

Advice

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Judy Crown on advice to aspiring hair stylists, and on how she'd like to be remembered
00:36

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Judy Crown on her mentors
02:49

Diversity in Television

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field
04:22

Emmy Awards

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Judy Crown on her work on the Television Academy Board of Governors
03:05
Judy Crown on styling hair for The Great Houdini, and on winning an Emmy for it
06:29

Minorities

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field
04:22

Pivotal Career Moments

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Judy Crown on her mentors
02:49

Television Industry

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Judy Crown on how the television industry has changed since she started
03:50
Judy Crown on advice to aspiring hair stylists, and on how she'd like to be remembered
00:36

Women

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field
04:22
Professions

Hair Stylist

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Judy Crown on why she became a hair stylist
01:33
Judy Crown on the hair styling tools she typically keeps in her trailer on a shoot
03:29
Judy Crown on occasionally dealing with facial hair as a hair stylist
01:31
Judy Crown on being on-set to touch up people's hair and ensure continuity
00:52
Judy Crown on styling wet hair
01:52
Judy Crown on making actors feel comfortable with her, and on coordinating with the makeup and wardrobe departments
02:54
Judy Crown on her typical set location when she does hair, and on coloring hair
03:34
Judy Crown on dealing with wigs and hair extensions on shows like Seinfeld
04:43
Judy Crown on dealing with actors who are unhappy with their hair
02:04
Judy Crown on the duties of the hair department head
02:15
Judy Crown on teaching hair styling
01:31
Judy Crown on what you can learn about a character from their hairstyle, and on her favorite types of hair styles and biggest challenges
03:33
Judy Crown on what she liked about styling hair
00:58

Stylists

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Judy Crown on why she became a hair stylist
01:33
Judy Crown on the hair styling tools she typically keeps in her trailer on a shoot
03:29
Judy Crown on occasionally dealing with facial hair as a hair stylist
01:31
Judy Crown on being on-set to touch up people's hair and ensure continuity
00:52
Judy Crown on styling wet hair
01:52
Judy Crown on making actors feel comfortable with her, and on coordinating with the makeup and wardrobe departments
02:54
Judy Crown on her typical set location when she does hair, and on coloring hair
03:34
Judy Crown on dealing with wigs and hair extensions on shows like Seinfeld
04:43
Judy Crown on dealing with actors who are unhappy with their hair
02:04
Judy Crown on the duties of the hair department head
02:15
Judy Crown on teaching hair styling
01:31
Judy Crown on what you can learn about a character from their hairstyle, and on her favorite types of hair styles and biggest challenges
03:33
Judy Crown on what she liked about styling hair
00:58
Genres

Comedy Series

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Judy Crown on being a hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard
06:22
Judy Crown on styling hair for Designing Women
09:35
Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown
23:11
Judy Crown on styling hair for Seinfeld
18:44
Judy Crown on doing hair for Seinfeld
06:07
Judy Crown on styling hair for The Riches
03:47
Judy Crown on styling hair for Hannah Montana
03:37

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for Moonlighting
09:25
Judy Crown on styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY
03:53

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Judy Crown on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band
03:38

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Judy Crown on being a hair stylist for The Day After
06:17
Judy Crown on doing hair for Geppetto starring Drew Carey
01:22
Judy Crown on styling hair for Bye Bye Birdie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams
02:21
Judy Crown on styling hair for The Great Houdini, and on winning an Emmy for it
06:29
People

Andy Ackerman

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Judy Crown on working with Seinfeld directors Tom Cherones and Andy Ackerman
01:25

Jason Alexander

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Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56
Judy Crown on working with Jason Alexander on Seinfeld
04:00
Judy Crown on styling hair for Bye Bye Birdie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams
02:21

Lauren Bacall

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Judy Crown on working with Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, her proudest career achievements
08:32

Candice Bergen

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
03:59
Judy Crown on working with the cast of Murphy Brown including Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, and on doing Candice Bergen's hair differently for different settings
05:56

Tom Cherones

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Judy Crown on working with Seinfeld directors Tom Cherones and Andy Ackerman
01:25

Francis Ford Coppola

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Judy Crown on doing hair for the short film "Captain EO" starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford
05:04

Larry David

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Judy Crown on working with Larry David on Seinfeld
01:17

Diane English

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
03:59

Jane Fonda

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Judy Crown on working with Jane Fonda on her fitness videos
03:14

Faith Ford

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Judy Crown on working with the cast of Murphy Brown including Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, and on doing Candice Bergen's hair differently for different settings
05:56

Michael Jackson

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Judy Crown on doing hair for the short film "Captain EO" starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the music video for "Smooth Criminal"
05:04

Joanna Kerns

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains
01:57

Charles Kimbrough

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Judy Crown on how "Murphy Brown's" hair changed over the course of the series, and doing hair for the male cast members including Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto
02:30

David Letterman

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Judy Crown on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band, featuring David Letterman as host
03:38

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56
Judy Crown on changing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hair during the run of Seinfeld
00:59

Gregory Peck

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Judy Crown on working with Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, her proudest career achievements
08:32

Joe Regalbuto

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Judy Crown on how "Murphy Brown's" hair changed over the course of the series, and doing hair for the male cast members including Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto
02:30

Michael Richards

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Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56

Julia Roberts

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Judy Crown on working with Julia Roberts and Robin Williams on the feature film "Hook"
01:33

Rebecca Schaeffer

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Judy Crown on styling hair for My Sister Sam, and on the murder of series star Rebecca Schaeffer
02:47

Jerry Seinfeld

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Judy Crown on being hired to do hair for Seinfeld, and working with cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards
04:56
Judy Crown on dealing with Jerry Seinfeld's hair on Seinfeld, and on her friendship with Seinfeld and the cast
04:18

Grant Shaud

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Judy Crown on working with the cast of Murphy Brown including Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, and on doing Candice Bergen's hair differently for different settings
05:56

Cybill Shepherd

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd
04:37

Robin Williams

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Judy Crown on working with Julia Roberts and Robin Williams on the feature film "Hook"
01:33

Bruce Willis

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd
04:37

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