Emmy chat: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ makeup artist Karri Farris

“The research was really intense,” admits Emmy nominee Karri Farris when discussing her makeup work on “Bonnie and Clyde,” which is nominated for Best Miniseries.

“We spent many, many hours on the phone and in front of computers, calling people, museums, emailing historians,” she says about her quest to recreate the notorious bandit lovers whose crime spree ended in an ambush of police bullets in the early 1930s. Emile Hirsch starred as Clyde Barrow and Holliday Grainger as Bonnie Parker in the epic mini that aired simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History networks. “We contacted a forensic lipstick scientist. I didn’t even know that job existed. We contacted tattoo artists to make sure we matched Clyde’s tattoos to what he actually had on his body, of which there only very, very poor photos. 

“We wanted to be as accurate as we could. It’s kind of a mystery. The only people who know for sure were the people who were there and the people who were there are dead.” 

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