GLENDA GALE EAST
Network Television Make-up Artist
Prior to 1992, the make-up artists and hair stylists working at KCAL (Channel 9) were part of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The employees of KCAL requested that the IATSE become their representatives and after an election the IATSE became the union representing the crew members. Glenda East was welcomed into the membership of Local 706 at that time. KCAL was an independent television station known for its newscasts, daytime dramas, game shows, children’s programming, sports broadcasts and public information. Glenda often worked the night shifts, applying her make-up artistry to some of the most well-known television hosts and newscasters of that time. Jerry Dunphy, Pat Harvey and Jane Velez-Mitchell were the primetime anchors, and Glenda had a successful career as one of the network’s artists for more than 19 years. In the early 1990s KCAL restructured itself and phased out the family-oriented sitcoms and replaced them with syndicated talk shows and court shows. Glenda steadfastly was loyal to the studio until the downsizing of the entire staff of the station, then worked at CBS and other networks.
Glenda retired and took honorary withdrawal and moved to Tennessee to be with her family. She is survived by her sisters Darlene Chamber, Barbara Hargrove, Gladys Hardee and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on April 13, 2018, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kingsport, TN. An online guest register is available for the East family: https://obittree.com/obituary/us/virginia/gate-city/gate-city-funeral-home/glenda-east/3482075/