I was always drawn to make-up effects, so I loved films like Planet of the Apes and anything with monsters.
When the original Star Wars film came out, it finally inspired me to want to pursue a film career.
Jon introduced me to some other ILMers and got me a gig as a puppeteer on Witches of Eastwick at ILM.
I worked on a series of Japanese Panasonic commercials featuring the characters of Star Wars, eventually meeting George [Lucas], Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew.
That connection led to working as the Lucasfilm archivist, which then led me to picking up work at ILM in the model shop.
Don Bies: It’s really an honor and a privilege to have been involved in the films and its legacy.
She loves pretty much everything Disney, great weather, making/eating really good food, and of course, Star Wars. »