SCTV hair stylist being mourned
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.”