Guy Wayne Lawson, hairstylist for Rock Hudson, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Joan Rivers and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, died of heart failure in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Los Angeles. He was 66.
Born in Enterprise, Miss., Lawson moved to New York City in 1965 to study the art of hairdressing and was soon hired as the assistant to famed stylist Kenneth. He became the key stylist for Onassis, Mrs. Henry J. Kaiser, Charlotte Ford, Garland, Ross and Rivers. He was also asked to arrange Garland’s hair for her funeral. Lawson remained with Kenneth until moving in 1971 to Los Angeles, where he became the stylist for such social and film personalities as Anne Ford Johnson, Ali McGraw, Hudson, producers Jacques Mapes and Robert Evans, Dinah Shore and Edie Adams.
Retiring from the field, Lawson relocated to Palm Springs, where he became an activist in the battle against HIV/AIDS, which was responsible for the death of his client, Hudson. He founded the HIV/AIDS Special Care Unit at Desert Regional Medical Center with the support of the hospital and Jeanette Rockefeller. He organized 100 volunteers to support the hospital’s medical staff and oversaw the special medical activities for 10 years. In addition, Lawson founded the Loretta Young-Louis Memorial Chapel at the hospital and personally raised
$300,000 in 2002 for its operation.
Surviving Lawson are his life partner of 42 years, publicist Dick Taylor; a sister; two brothers; and a niece.
Donations may be made to the AIDS Assistance Program, PO Box 4182, Palm Springs, CA 92263.