There are several elements that have made The Young and the Restless one of the most iconic television series in American history, one of them being the brush-stroke YR logo that viewers have come to associate with the CBS soap opera. Unfortunately, the Emmy-winning graphic artist and title designer who created the logo -- Sandy Dvore -- has died. He was 86.
Born in Chicago in 1934, Dvore studied at the American Academy of Art before going on to use his artistic talents in Hollywood. In addition to Y&R's logo, Dvore's work can be seen in the title sequences of television shows such as Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, The Waltons, The Partridge Family, North and South, The McMasters, Two on a Bench, and Getting Together. He also worked on the title credits of films like Blacula and Lipstick.
In 1987, Dvore won an Emmy Award for his work on the main title of the TV special Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin that starred Carol Burnett (ex-Verla Grubbs, All My Children), Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams. He also won a Daytime Emmy for his work on Y&R's 1984 opening (which he says he originally designed on a blue lined school pad), but he revealed on Instagram that he didn't get a statuette. "[T]hey called from NY," Dvore wrote. "They said, 'I won but they weren't giving a statue since I had no competition.'"
Dvore's early work in Hollywood included designing trade ads for artists like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Lee Marvin, Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart, and Sammy Davis, Jr. He is also known for creating the Solo cup logo and selecting its iconic red color.
Y&R star Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) noted Dvore's death on Twitter, writing, "Sandy Dvore has passed. God rest his soul."
Sandy Devore has passed. God rest his soul. pic.twitter.com/0AmV78JlYn- Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR) November 23, 2020
Via his social media feeds, Dvore expressed outrage that the now-famous logo was used on merchandise. "[Show execs] said, 'We don't have to go through all that legal stuff. We wouldn't use it for anything but the opening of the show.' When I walked into the CBS tourist gift shop, the place was lined with MY wonderful logo and it still cost me 3 bucks for the cup. The only thing that gives me some old school [screw 'em] Is can you imagine coming to Hollywood with a dream & spending that dream on daytime tv. This is MY logo. I first did it on blue lined school pad and it is more famous than anything that show has been able to kick out."
Dvore is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, three nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
The Hollywood Museum posted a video of some of Dvore's work, which includes commentary by the artist about some of his most famous designs. Check it out below and let us know what you think about the artist's work and his passing in the Comments section at the end of the article.
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