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Title:
War paint : Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden : their lives, their times, their rivalry
Author:
Woodhead, Lindy.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471487784

9781683366492
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Now a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone ( Evita , Gypsy ) as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole ( 42nd Street , Grey Gardens ) as Elizabeth Arden.

A fascinating dual biography of the women who founded today's beauty industry

They were both born in the nineteenth century in humble circumstances--Helena Rubinstein in an orthodox Jewish household in Kraków, Poland, Elizabeth Arden on a farm outside Toronto. But by the 1930s, they were bitter rivals in New York, the rulers of dueling international beauty empires that would forever change the way women thought about cosmetics, salons, and wrinkles. This riveting biography brings these two celebrated women to life, revealing the ruthless drive and innovative business strategies that took each to the top. Along the way, it offers an intriguing look at their personal idiosyncrasies (Rubinstein collected art, Arden racehorses), their checkered marriages, and the rarefied social milieu in which they both traveled.


Author Notes

Lindy Woodhead has been in international fashion public relations for more than twenty-five years. She worked in journalism, music, and film publicity before establishing her own agency in 1974. Woodhead retired from fashion to write four years ago. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she lives in London and the southwest of France.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Rivals Even in Deathp. 11
2 The Krakow Creamp. 24
3 The Beauty Wizard of Ozp. 36
4 Rise of a Rivalp. 55
5 Madame on the Movep. 69
6 Florence Graham Becomes Miss Elizabeth Ardenp. 92
7 The Women at Warp. 103
8 Masters of Art, Mistresses of Moneyp. 124
9 Elizabeth and Tommyp. 139
10 In the Money--Helenap. 148
11 End of an Era--Depression and Divorce--Helenap. 162
12 Lipsticks and Lesbians--Elizabeth and Elisabethp. 178
13 Challenges and Changesp. 197
14 Maine Chance and Makeoversp. 221
15 Princess of the Potions v Lady of the Lotionsp. 241
16 The Second World Warp. 253
17 The Second World War--Part IIp. 271
18 The Second World War--Part IIIp. 283
19 All the Queen's Horses and One of the Queen's Menp. 297
20 Post-War Warriorsp. 319
21 The Fabulous Fifties: Two Beauty Queens and the Man Who Would Be Kingp. 335
22 Show Timep. 355
23 Last Actsp. 374