Lillian Michelson began her career in 1961 and was the most prolific film researcher in Hollywood history. Over the course of her 50 years of research, she contributed the elements of realism that enabled audiences to suspend their disbelief and enter the world of hundreds of classic films, including The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Graduate (1967), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Chinatown (1974), Rocky (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Scarface (1983), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), among many others.
Lillian is, along with her late husband, Harold—a veteran storyboard artist on everything from West Side Story (1961) and The Birds (1963) to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Spaceballs (1987)—literally Hollywood film royalty. In 2004, the animators behind Shrek 2 paid Harold and Lillian the honor of naming Fiona’s parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian.
Lillian currently resides at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, California.