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Wigmaker Joe Rossi has a style that fits with filmmakers

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Joe Rossi’s film credits refer to him as a makeup artist — and he is — but in the basement of his Rhode Island home, it’s clear that he’s a wig man.

There are boxes on top of boxes of tufts and toupees. There’s a graying Frederick Douglass wig worn by Richard Brooks in PBS’ recent “American Experience” series “The Abolitionists,” and piles of hair that have been machine-crimped to look like natural beards. There’s also the shaggy ’do that David Walton will wear on this Sunday’s premiere of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “The Makeover.” The movie features the actor as a low-brow Southie guy who gets a makeover (hence the title) and then runs for office.

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