Dwight Green's talent for transforming cakes and flavored frosting into edible art earned him fame - often with the famous.
As a Hollywood designer, he baked cakes for Bob Hope's 90th birthday, John Travolta's baby shower, Madonna's wedding, Tori Spelling's 18th birthday and Steven Spielberg's parties.
After moving back to Augusta 10 years ago, however, Mr. Green continued to pursue his passion locally and cherished his hometown clients as much as those in Tinseltown. He died Dec. 10.
"It's a tremendous loss," said Martha Ann Schwartz, of Augusta, who patronized DaVinci Cakes & Celebrations, where Mr. Green worked.
"One of the last cakes he made was a red ruby slippers cake for my daughter's 12th birthday," she said. "He even came to her party. He was extraordinarily warm and tender."
One of Mr. Green's quotes, used at his memorial service, summed up a kindhearted and talented friend.
"He said, 'The celebrities love me because I treat them like regular customers, and regular customers love me because I treat them like celebrities,'" Mrs. Schwartz said, quoting the eulogy. "That was Dwight Green."
In Hollywood, Mr. Green headed the cake department for the trendy Sweet Lady Jane bakery, where his other clients included Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and many others.
His career evolved from early aspirations of becoming an architect, and he studied art at New York's Pratt Institute.
His cakes have appeared on Oprah Winfrey's TV show and others, and in August 1988 the cover of Life magazine featured a now-famous photo of comedian Pee-wee Herman holding one of his cakes for an article titled "How to throw the Coolest Party Ever."
Mr. Green was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. He is survived by his partner, Dennis Winkle, of North Augusta; and a brother, Ernest Green, of Lilburn, Ga.
His memorial service was Thursday, but memorials can be made to St. Stephens Ministry, 922 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901.
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