Eileen Poulter Barrett (November 6,1939 – October 2, 2021)
To be beautiful means to be yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Eileen Barrett, of Alexandria VA and Enniscrone, Ireland, touched so many lives as a beloved wife and mother, a cherished member of a large family, and a brilliant colleague and dear friend to countless artists with whom she worked – all will miss her generous heart, infectious laugh, and her ability to tell a great story.
She was born in London to Claude Poulter and Eileen Gannon. She married the love of her life, Lawrence Barrett, Jr., on October 20, 1974, in New York City and welcomed the birth of their son Michael Sean on the Fourth of July, 1976.
Along with her husband and son, she is survived by her sister Sheila Schupp; her in-laws Frances McGettigan Barrett; Letitia and Santo Bisignano; Chris Barrett and Anne Gibbons; Timothy and Vicki Barrett; Loretta Barrett Evans and her fiancé Mark Hutter. Eileen also cherished her extended family of nieces and nephews.
Building on her professional training at Seventa Makeup Academy in London in the 60s Eileen established herself as one of the foremost hair and makeup artists regionally in theatre, film, and television. A member of Local 798 (Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists) since 1996, she also served as business agent and steward. A singular achievement is founding the multinational Duchess Limited, which marketed her patented Frosting Cap for hair, used worldwide in 80 countries.
To mirror Eileen’s spirit, there will be two Celebrations of Life. The first will be in the Fort Ward Amphitheatre on Tuesday October 12, at 1:00 p.m. At a later date, the second will be held in Enniscrone, Ireland, near her beloved Rainbow’s End Cottage, and her ashes will be scattered in Killala Bay.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fort Ward Amphitheatre, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA, on Tuesday, October 12 at 1:00 pm. This outdoor Amphitheatre has concrete seating so feel free to bring seat cushions. Masks are requested. Casual dress please.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA, 22314, to include flowers, electronic condolences and details such as the film of the celebration in Ireland.
A contribution in Eileen’s name can be made to PETA.