Charlotte Stewart Recalls The Night She Met David Lynch, Getting Ear Infection Makeup On Her First Eraserhead Shoot

Charlotte Stewart rocking a Silencio t-shirt

[David Lynch] was wearing two neckties. I found out later; one was the tie for the evening —he was coming to dinner after all— and the other one was his lucky tie. And sometimes while we were working on Eraserhead, he wore three ties. Not sure what the third one was.
—Charlotte Stewart

In June, Welcome to Twin Peaks was so incredibly honored to have actress Charlotte Stewart host the very first Facebook Live video during The Great Southern in Richmond, VA. Instead of reading from her memoir (Amazon), Charlotte decided to tell the story of the night she met David Lynch and her first day on the set of Eraserhead. Here’s the video for those who missed it!

Welcome to Twin Peaks Live #1 hosted by Charlotte Stewart

I was getting a feeling for Mary. She was not very healthy. She was very overprotected. So she had kind of a slump and she kind of held her head funny. And the first thing David wanted to do the first day [of shooting Eraserhead] was to put what looked like an infection in my ear. So he got some glue and a little [painter’s] brush and he spent 20 maybe minutes [painting in my ear]. I don’t think anybody ever saw that, but I knew it was there, and I think it helped me feel a little bit more like Mary.
—Charlotte Stewart

Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me

Charlotte Stewart’s memoir comes highly recommended and is available on hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Audible and MP3 CD.

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Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.


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  1. Exciting! As someone who teaches film production to students, I loved that she recognized that actors need to help beginning filmmakers and work with them. You never know what student will turn out to be the next Lynch!

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