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Edie Shaw Marcus
At the age of ten, Edie Shaw Marcus became a photography assistant-in-training for her father, Sam Shaw, having the great honor of carrying his camera bag. As a teenager, she was an extra in the film West Side Story (1961) along with her sister Meta. However, it was the work behind the camera that interested Edie. Under Sam’s guidance, she worked on film and TV productions, including Paris Blues (1961), Peyton Place (1964-69), What’s New Pussycat (1965), Casino Royale (1967) and Funny Girl (1968).
Edie has a BFA in advertising, photography, and film from Pratt Institute. She studied sculpture at Camden Institute in London and has an art K-12 teacher certification from Saint Thomas Aquinas College. Edie worked in various positions in the art department of actor/director John Cassavetes’ films, including Husbands (1970) and Love Streams (1983). She also helped create the advertising campaign for the Oscar nominated film Faces (1968) directed by John Cassavetes.
Over the years, Edie continued as Sam’s photography assistant and also worked with him on the prototypes for his books. In 1970 Sam and Edie began archiving his collection. Today Edie serves as President and Archivist of Shaw Family Archives.
Meta Shaw Stevens
Meta Shaw Stevens began her career in the arts and entertainment at ten years old when she was cast as a fly in a children’s off Broadway production of Bobino starring Marlon Brando. As a young adult, when she was told by a casting agent to have her nose fixed, Brando, still a family friend, said not to. She listened to Brando.
Meta trained as an actress at the Cassavetes/Lane Theater Workshop in New York City, which was founded by actor/director John Cassavetes and Burt Lane (father of actress Diane Lane). She has appeared in off-Broadway shows, television commercials, and in the John Cassavetes’ films Shadows (1959), Husbands (1970) and Gloria (1980). Through the 1950’s and 60’s, Meta was on location with Sam Shaw throughout Europe and the Caribbean for film productions including Trapeze (1956), Pride and the Passion (1957), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).
Over the years, Meta and her sister Edie worked with Sam on exhibitions of his photography and appeared with him at countless film festivals. Sam often referred to his daughters as his right and left arms. Today, Meta continues to represent SFA at exhibitions and promotional events as Shaw Family Archives’ Vice President.
David Marcus is Sam Shaw’s grandson and grew up with Sam, who was like a second father. As a child, David and Sam created various comic strips together, including “El Bandito,” featuring the character El Gringo, an alter ego for Sam and his many adventures.
David appears in John Cassavetes’ film Gloria (1980), which was produced by Sam Shaw, and he also accompanied Sam to California where post-production of the film was completed. Cassavetes took the young David under his wing.
David traveled the world with Sam as his photography assistant and was one of Sam’s many informal students and protégés. He majored in Art History at Brandeis University and received his juris doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. David eventually retired his camera and served as Shaw Family Archives’ attorney from 2003-2008.
David continues to help to preserve and promote his family’s artistic legacy.
Melissa Stevens’ campaign poster for 3rd grade class President was designed by her grandfather Sam Shaw. Although she lost the election, she went on to major in the College of Social Studies, an interdisciplinary program of Economics, History, Philosophy and Government, at Wesleyan University.
Upon receiving her BA, Melissa moved to Italy, where she worked in film production at the famous Cinecittà studios in Rome. Forty years earlier, her grandfather Sam photographed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra (1963) at the same studio. Melissa has worked in Production, Accounting, Visual Effects, Writing, and Location departments in the film industry. She has experience in music video, documentary, feature film, and television commercial productions. Credits include Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic (2004), HBO’s Rome (Season 1) and The Sopranos (Season 6).
Melissa began managing Shaw Family Archives in 2007. As the current Director, she is devoted to introducing her family’s legacy to a new generation. firstname.lastname@example.org