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Over his 50-year career, Maurice Stein's Academy Award-winning (Planet of the Apes, 1969) makeup artistry has touched the faces of some of the brightest stars of film, television, and commercials-even three US presidents. He has worked on over 200 films and television shows and has more than 4,000 commercials to his credit.

Stein was the first makeup artist inducted to the California Cosmetology Association Hall of Fame and is included in the National Cosmetology Association Hall of Renown.

In 1984, when he retired as a professional makeup artist in the entertainment industry to found a small cosmetics and special effects supply in Burbank, Maurice's Cinema Secrets became an instant hit among makeup artists, studios, and many of "Hollywood's most expensive faces." The family-run business outgrew its location within three years and moved to the current building on Riverside Drive.

Maurice also formulated his own line of cosmetics to satisfy the special needs of the entertainment business and advance standards for clinical applications in the medical industry. He regularly volunteers to help cancer patients and burn survivors use makeup to minimize the appearance of scars and discoloration.

Through the American Cancer Society and through the assisted help of the National Cosmetology Association, Stein became one of the first make-up professionals to provide his corrective makeup techniques and educational services to the national Look Good, Feel Better Program. Stein has also worked with cancer patients at City of Hope and burn survivors at The Phoenix Society, five children's burn units in Shriners hospitals, the Johns Hopkins Burn Rehabilitation Center, and the Grossman Burn Centers.

Maurice regularly volunteers his expertise to help cancer patients and burn survivors boost their self-esteem by learning to minimize the appearance of scars and discoloration. He has long-standing relationships with the following organizations. Included are links to donate to these important causes.

Look Good... Feel Better


Look Good... Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.
» Donate to Look Good... Feel Better

American Cancer Society


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
» Donate to American Cancer Society

City of Hope


City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. One of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and an independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution, City of Hope is a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
» Donate to City of Hope

Phoenix Society


For more than 30 years the Society has partnered with survivors, families, health care professionals, burn centers and the fire industry to support recovery, improve the quality of burn care and prevent burn injury. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan the Society is committed to advancing recovery resources, providing environments to renew the spirit and to supporting a positive return to life. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors takes its name from the legendary bird that lives 500 years and is consumed by flame, but rises again reborn from its ashes more brilliant than before.
» Donate to Phoenix Society

Johns Hopkins Burn Center


Maryland's regional burn center provides an internationally recognized comprehensive program of care for patients with burns and wounds. Our goal focuses on returning patients to their highest level of function by attending to the physical, psychological, social and vocational aspects of their lives.
» Learn more about Johns Hopkins Burn Center

Grossman Burn Centers


The mission of Grossman Burn Centers is not merely to ensure patient survival, but to restore patients to as close to their pre-injury condition as possible - functionally, emotionally and cosmetically, in a nurturing, compassionate and personal environment.
» Learn more about Grossman Burn Centers


Hi Maurice,

Its been nearly 6 weeks since we had our amazingly fun and creative visit at Cinema Secrets. We have just arrived back home [to Australia] from our long educational makeup tour and cannot thank you enough for giving up so much of your time.

The students are forever thankful to you for sharing some of your lifetime memoirs as a makeup artist and also humbly showing them tips and tricks that they will always use. The staff at Cinema Secrets were inspiring and welcoming and certainly made us feel at home right from when we walked through the doors. It was also great to see all the new Woochie Appliances and the new range of CS products.

Again thank you Maurice and all the Cinema Secrets family for opening your arms and welcoming our students to LA.

Debbie Muller and Paul Davis


Hi Maurice,
It was such an honor to be in your 3-Day Corrective Makeup Class this past weekend.  I feel very privileged to have had the chance to meet you and been able to learn such valuable tips and tricks from you.  I loved hearing about your experiences in the industry.
Thank you for bringing Patty Bunch and Taco into the class.  It was fantastic to hear their stories and learn from them as well.
Many thanks for holding the class. I am excited to come back to Burbank and soak up more of your knowledge.  I know I have so much more to learn from you.
See you in November for the Beard Laying Course.
Shannon Payne

This is a small selection of Maurice's 4000+ credits.

- Planet of the Apes
- Funny Girl
- Friday the 13th

- The Golden Girls
- Soap
- M*A*S*H
- Star Trek
- The Flying Nun

Other Distinctions
- Member of the California Hair Fashion Committee
- Past President of the Society of Make-Up Artists
- Past President o the Make-Up Artist and Hairstyling Union
- Standing member, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
- NATAS Blue Ribbon panel member for selection of Emmy-award nominees
- Board of Directors member of several national charities

Following is a selection of merits and special distinctions that have been awarded to Maurice.

- 2011: The Makeup Show LA honors Maurice for his contributions to the industry
- ????: Maurice is the first makeup artist inducted to the California Cosmetology Association Hall of Fame
- ????: Maurice is inducted to the National Cosmetology Association Hall of Renown