Paul LeBlanc, 73, of Auberge du Soleil, Dieppe, passed on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at his residence.
Born in Dieppe, he was the son of the late Fidèle LeBlanc from Haute- Aboujagane and the late May Cormier from Dover.
He is survived by his wife, Louise LeBlanc.
Paul was predeceased by his brother, Roger and his sister, Angela; he is survived by brothers: Georges, Marc (Krista) and Allison (Sharon); sister-in-law, Carol; brother-in-law, Emery and nieces: Rogette, Kristynn, June and Lisa.
He attended public schools in Dieppe and in 1965 was outstanding graduate of the hairstyling class of the community college, Moncton. He was then employed as salon director in the Eaton building (Moncton).
Paul’s distinguished career in the field of make-up / hairstyling took him to Toronto (CBC), Ottawa and Montreal followed by Western Europe, where he worked in London, Liverpool, Paris, Rome, Versailles and Santiago de Compostello; he also worked in Czechoslovakia, St. Petersburg and Moscow before moving to New York City and Hollywood.
Paul’s career was distinguished as he travelled in the top spheres of the motion picture industry in North America and Europe. Among the world-famous directors he was associated with, he kept special memories of the Coen Brothers, Spielberg and Coppola. Paul worked on more than one hundred movies and the ones that stand out in his mind are The Black Stallion, Amadeus and No Country for Old Men. As in every-day situations of a hairstylist-client bond Paul developed special relationships with a number of actors, notably Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Sharon Stone and Gérard Dépardieu.
In 1985, a mere 20 years into his career, Paul LeBlanc received the very highest recognition possible for his brilliant work: an Oscar from the American Academy of Motion Picture Art & Science and another, the British Academy Award for ‘excellence in the craft of makeup artist’. (The prizes were awarded for Paul’s work on the film Amadeus at a time when he was working in Toronto). The statuettes are on display at the musée acadien, Université de Moncton.
A private burial ceremony will take place at Fairhaven Memorial Gardens. A reception for family and friends will be held at 1919, route 134, Lakeville, Westmorland County (tel. 389-8037) on Saturday, October 19th, from 2 pm and 4 pm.
Donations may be directed to the Canadian Lung Association.
Arrangements entrusted to Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe (857-1901).