Judy Crown

Hair Stylist


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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."

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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
Judy Crown on what she liked about styling hair
Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
Judy Crown on working with Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, her proudest career achievements
Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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

CSI: NY

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

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

Dear John ...

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Dear John ...

Designing Women

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

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
Judy Crown on her typical work week as hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard

Great Houdini, The

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

Growing Pains

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains

Hannah Montana

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Hannah Montana

Moonlighting

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

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"

Murphy Brown

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen for show creator Diane English
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
Judy Crown on working on Murphy Brown during the Dan Quayle controversy
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
Judy Crown on working with the various directors of Murphy Brown
Judy Crown on being nominated for an Emmy for Murphy Brown, and juggling that show with Dear John ... and Designing Women
Judy Crown on working on the finale of Murphy Brown
Judy Crown on her long run on Murphy Brown

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

Riches, The

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Judy Crown on styling hair for The Riches

Seinfeld

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Judy Crown on dealing with wigs and hair extensions on shows like Seinfeld
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
Judy Crown on changing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hair during the run of Seinfeld
Judy Crown on dealing with Jerry Seinfeld's hair on Seinfeld, and on her friendship with Seinfeld and the cast
Judy Crown on working with Jason Alexander on Seinfeld
Judy Crown on working with Larry David on Seinfeld
Judy Crown on a typical work week for her on Seinfeld
Judy Crown on working with Seinfeld directors Tom Cherones and Andy Ackerman
Judy Crown on working on specific episodes of Seinfeld dealing with hair, and on working on the finale

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
Topics

Advice

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

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Judy Crown on her mentors

Diversity in Television

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field

Emmy Awards

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

Minorities

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field

Pivotal Career Moments

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Judy Crown on her mentors

Television Industry

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

Women

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Judy Crown on diversity in her field
Professions

Hair Stylist

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

Stylists

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

Comedy Series

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Judy Crown on being a hair stylist for The Dukes of Hazzard
Judy Crown on styling hair for Designing Women
Judy Crown on styling hair for Murphy Brown
Judy Crown on styling hair for Seinfeld
Judy Crown on doing hair for Seinfeld
Judy Crown on styling hair for The Riches
Judy Crown on styling hair for Hannah Montana

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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

Andy Ackerman

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

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
Judy Crown on working with Jason Alexander on Seinfeld
Judy Crown on styling hair for Bye Bye Birdie starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams

Lauren Bacall

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

Candice Bergen

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

Tom Cherones

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

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

Larry David

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Judy Crown on working with Larry David on Seinfeld

Diane English

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

Jane Fonda

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Judy Crown on working with Jane Fonda on her fitness videos

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

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"

Joanna Kerns

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Judy Crown on styling hair for Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains

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

David Letterman

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

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
Judy Crown on changing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hair during the run of Seinfeld

Gregory Peck

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

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

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

Julia Roberts

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

Rebecca Schaeffer

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

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
Judy Crown on dealing with Jerry Seinfeld's hair on Seinfeld, and on her friendship with Seinfeld and the cast

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

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

Robin Williams

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

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

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