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Max Factor

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Max Factor (left) applying makeup c. 1914

Source: thebiographychannel.co.uk

Max Factor (15 September 1872 – 30 August 1938), born Maksymilian Faktorowicz, was a Polish-Jewish businessman. Founder of the cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company, he largely developed the modern cosmetics industry and popularised the term make-up in noun form based on the verb.

Fact file

  • Native name: Maksymilian Faktorowicz
  • Born: Maksymilian Faktorowicz Zduńska Wola, Łódź, Congress Poland
  • Died: August 30, 1938 (aged 65) Beverly Hills, California
  • Cause of death: Illness after fright
  • Resting place: Currently Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City; previously Beth Olem mausoleum at the Hollywood Cemetery in Los Angeles
  • Monuments: Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard)
  • Residence: Beverly Hills, California
  • Nationality: Polish
  • Ethnicity: Jewish
  • Education: Wig and cosmetics apprenticeship
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur; wig and cosmetics technician; inventor
  • Years active: 1887-1938
  • Employer: Max Factor & Company
  • Organization: Max Factor & Company
  • Known for: Cosmetics
  • Successor: Max Factor, Jr. (Francis "Frank" Factor)
  • Board member of: Max Factor & Company
  • Religion: Judaism
  • Spouse(s): Esther Rosa "Lizzie" Factor (1896-1906) Huma "Helen" Sradkowska (1906-1908) Jennie Cook (1908-1938 - his death)
  • Children: Freda Shore (1897), Cecilia Firestein (1899), Davis Factor (1902), Francis “Frank” Factor (1904), Louis Factor (1907 ), Sidney B. Factor (1916)
  • Parent(s): Abraham Faktorowicz and Cecylia Wrocławska Faktorowicz
  • Relatives: John Factor (half-brother)
  • Awards: Honorary Academy Award (1929)

Read more about Max Factor at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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