SCTV hair stylist be­ing mourned

The Prince George Citizen - - A & E -

TORONTO (CP) — Over her four decades as a hair and wig de­signer, Judi Cooper-Sealy coiffed all kinds of char­ac­ters on screen – a blond bee­hive fit for Queen Lat­i­fah in Hair­spray, Kate Beck­in­sale’s brown bob in the 2009 Alaska-set thriller Whi­te­out, and braided, bowl-cut and bouf­fant hair­dos as wacky as Martin Short’s many im­pres­sions.

As news spread of the 77-year-old’s death in mid-De­cem­ber af­ter a bat­tle with de­men­tia, Coop­erSealy’s hus­band said con­do­lences have been pour­ing in from the co­me­di­ans she worked with dur­ing her time at SCTV.

Joe Sealy said he woke up Wed­nes­day morn­ing to find a bou­quet of white roses from Eu­gene Levy on his doorstep, one of many fra­grant trib­utes that have turned the Toronto home he shared with his wife of more than 45 years into “a flower shop.”

Sealy said he also re­ceived an email from Short, who worked with Cooper-Sealy through­out his ca­reer, mourn­ing the loss of her creativity and com­pany on set.

Af­ter youth­ful stints as bio­chemist, model and al­ter­na­tive-mag­a­zine edi­tor, the Hal­i­fax-raised hair stylist de­cided to sharpen her scis­sors in her home­town, Sealy said, briefly liv­ing in Ghana to pick up new tech­niques.

In the mid-1970s, he and Cooper-Sealy moved to Toronto so she could work on a show with broad­caster Peter Gzowski, where she im­pressed John Candy with her styling skills and was asked to join SCTV.

Cos­tume de­signer Juul Haalmeyer, who worked with Cooper-Sealy on the com­edy se­ries, said Cooper-Sealy was a hair “ma­gi­cian.”

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