Like everyone else, Hollywood stars sometimes need eyeglasses, especially since their work calls for them to read so many scripts. When they do, many of them turn to Cheryl Shuman, a San Fernando Valley optician who has filled prescriptions for the likes of Meryll Streep, Jack Nicholson and Mike Douglas. Paula Abdul even had the Dr. Shuman make up a pair of plain-glass spectacles, just to be fashionable.
Other times, stars need to wear glasses in a movie because of the role they're playing - even if they don't need them for real life - such as Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in "Batman." Besides making prescription eyeware for the stars, Dr. Shuman (who calls her business "Starry Eyes") also helps movie and TV production companies select just the right frames and lenses for their needs.
And remember those infamous dark shades worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator II"? You guessed it. Cheryl provided them.
According to People magazine, she has provided frames for over 2,000 movies, TV shows and videos, including Gary Oldman's blue-tinted Victorian glasses in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," Meg Ryan's spectacles for "When Harry Met Sally," Denzel Washington's glasses for "Malcolm X," Demi Moore's old-fashioned frames from "A Few Good Men" (which she recreated from a pair Demi found in a thrift store), Candice Bergen's glasses for "Murphy Brown," Linda Hamilton's motorcycle goggles in "Terminator II" and Nick Nolte's rimless glasses in "Cape Fear."
According to the L.A. Times, she has also worked as an advisor and supplier to such movies as "The American President," "Casino," "Pretty Woman," "Bugsy," "Thelma & Louise," "Barton Fink," and "Postcards From The Edge," as well as to TV shows such as "Cheers" and "L.A. Law."
She has received as much as $2,000 a day for her work as an on-set consultant to stars like Robert Downey Jr. And in addition, eyeglass-makers sometimes pay her to get their frames onto the silver screen.
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