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Stuart Freeborn dies at 98; 'Star Wars' makeup artist

Stuart Freeborn dies at 98; 'Star Wars' makeup artist

It was no accident that British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn resembled his most famous movie creation — Yoda, the wrinkled, ancient sage from the "Star Wars" films.

"I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I was comic, with all these little knobbles. So I built myself in," he later said, and added a "highly intelligent" flourish by incorporating Albert Einstein's furrowed face.

A self-taught wizard of greasepaint and gadgets, Freeborn crafted the diminutive Yoda partly out of wire, electronic circuits and bubbly latex skin. He also devised such "Star Wars" creatures as Chewbacca and the Ewoks and built Jabba the Hutt out...