Liz Moore

Liz Moore 1944 - 1976

At the age of 16, Liz began her studies at Kingston Art School, London in 1961. Initially, she attended the Intermediate Course, which included sculpture and pottery. She was highly praised by her tutors for her life drawing and painting skills.

Moving on to a 3 year National Diploma of Design course, Liz chose Fine Art as her specialist subject which included sculpture.

Her work was chosen for the National Diploma Show at the Royal Academy (of Art) in 1965.

Amongst her fellow students were some notable talents i.e. Eric Clapton, David Battie (Antiques Roadshow), Tony Little (Osborne and Little – fabric and wallpaper) and Tim Cooksey (Thunderbirds/ Captain Scarlet sculptor).

During Liz’s film career, tragically cut short, she produced several prominent contributions to the industry. On her first film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Liz sculpted the famous Star Child and worked in the art department (uncredited) with Stuart Freeborn in the creation of the masks worn by the actors who played the ape-men.

She went on to sculpt the erotic female figures that featured in the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick was so delighted with her work that he rang Liz himself and insisted she make the models and statues for his next film The Secret Life of Barry Lyndon.

As John Barry had been Production designer on A Clockwork Orange and already knew of Liz’s capabilities, he was pleased to employ her on the production of Star Wars, A New Hope. During the few months that she was worked on the film, she sculpted several concepts and then the final approved suit for C3P0.

Liz left the production late January 1976 to join her boyfriend in Holland. Back at Elstree Studios there was a frenetic schedule to get the Stormtrooper completed by the Tunisian location in March 76. Brian Muir was busy sculpting the armour, but with Darth Vader’s helmet and armour, finishing work on C3P0 and two Droid heads to complete, John Barry contacted Liz regarding the Stormtrooper helmet. A workshop was set up for her in Holland, by her boyfriend, where she sculpted the helmet close to a finish. Liz returned to Elstree Studios with the clay sculpt and, after a few very minor changes, George Lucas was pleased with the final result. The iconic Stormtrooper helmet had been created.

Liz Moore died tragically in a car accident in August 1976 while working on Richard Attemborough's A Bridge Too Far. She was only 32.

The Original Stormtrooper Helmet sculpt. Liz Moore 1976