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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Hairstylist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii, Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Matter Of Fact.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1944
Birth Location:
Louisville, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Hairstylist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii, Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Matter Of Fact.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1944
Birth Location:
Louisville
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Biography

Film hairstylist, Robert Louis Stevenson, was born on April 20, 1944 in Louisville, Kentucky. Stevenson was raised in South Central Los Angeles, California and was the oldest of twelve children. He attended Jordan High School and enrolled in Compton College in 1963. Stevenson was drafted into The United States Military in 1965 during the Vietnam War and was unable to complete his undergraduate education. In the military Stevenson spent two years in Korea and eleven months in Oklahoma. Following his tour of duty, he trained at Flavio School of Beauty.

Stevenson began his hairstyling career in 1971 working on the NBC television series McMillan and Wife. In 1976, Stevenson began working as Richard Pryor’s hairstylist for the film Car Wash, and he continued as Pryor’s hairstylist for the films Greased Lightning and Which Way Is Up?. Stevenson served as head of the hair department on several other films and television shows in the late 1970s and 1980s, including The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Toy and Superman III. In 1985, Stevenson was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for the Miniseries, The Atlanta Child Murders, and he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for The Jesse Owens Story that same year. In 1988, he worked as head of the hair department on Eddie Murphy’s film, Coming to America. In 1993, Stevenson was nominated again for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Special for The Jacksons: An American Dream. Stevenson has worked personally with Lawrence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. He also served as Samuel L. Jackson’s hairstylist on several films including 1408, Home of the Brave, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, Freedomland, XXX: State of the Union, The Man, Coach Carter, In My Country, S.W.A.T. , Basic, Formula 51, Changing Lanes, Unbreakable, Shaft, Rules of Engagement, The Negotiator, Eve’s Bayou, Jackie Brown and The Long Kiss Good Night. In addition, Stevenson has been a department head or supervising hairstylist on many memorable films including Jarhead, Three Kings, Amistad, Waiting to Exhale, Dangerous Minds, What’s Love Got to Do With It? , Sister Act, The Color Purple, Flashdanceand Willie Dynamite.

Stevenson has been married for thirty years to film publicist Rosalind Stevenson. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.

Robert Stevenson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 7, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's U.S. Navy career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his mother's discipline
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers moving to Watts in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Robert Louis Stevenson lists his surviving relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers 102nd Street School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls his peers at David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his first jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his father's work ethic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his father's discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers being taken in by his neighbors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the start of his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers becoming a film hairstylist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the Jordan Downs projects in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his father's alcoholism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls reconciling with his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers Compton College in Compton, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls his experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the racism in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson reflects upon his U.S. military service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson reflects upon the draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his duties in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls his early interest in hairstyling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls his decision to become a hairstylist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers working as a cook
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers opening a hair salon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson recalls the start of his career at Universal Studios
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the difference between commercial and studio hairstyling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his interview at Universal Studios
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his work schedule as a studio hairstylist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the demographics of Hollywood hairstylists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his reception at Universal Studios
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his coworker's advice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes the Hollywood film industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about the benefits of union membership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his tools as a film hairstylist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers meeting Rosalyn Woodruff Stevenson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers marrying Rosalyn Woodruff Stevenson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his wife's career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his advice to aspiring film hairstylists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about black face and segregation in Hollywood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers working with Richard Pryor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers Redd Foxx
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about his awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Louis Stevenson remembers his celebrity clients
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Louis Stevenson talks about his work philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his styling techniques for wigs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Louis Stevenson describes his advice to young people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robert Louis Stevenson narrates his photographs