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Max Factor Sr.
Max Factor Sr. in 1935, demonstrating his beauty micrometer device.
Max Factor Sr. in 1935, demonstrating his beauty micrometer device
Born
Maksymilian Faktorowicz

(1877-09-15)September 15, 1877
Zduńska Wola, Poland
Died August 30, 1938(1938-08-30) (aged 60)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.
Monuments Hollywood Walk of Fame
Nationality Polish
Citizenship American (naturalized)
Occupation Entrepreneur; wig and cosmetics technician; inventor
Years active 1887–1938
Known for Max Factor Cosmetics
Net worth US$500 million at the time of selling the company (approximately $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |start_year=2019 (parameter 3) is greater than the latest available year (2018) in index "US". billion in 2019 dollars)
Spouse(s)
  • Esther Rosa "Lizzie" Faktorowicz
    (m. 1896; died 1906)
  • Huma "Helen" Sradkowska
    (m. 1906; div. 1908)
  • Jennie Cook
    (m. 1908)
Children 5, including Francis "Frank" Factor (Max Factor Jr.)
Relatives
  • John Factor (half-brother)
  • Andrew Luster (great-grandson)
Awards Honorary Academy Award (1929)

Maksymilian Faktorowicz (September 15, 1877 – August 30, 1938), also known as Max Factor Sr., was a Polish businessman, beautician, entrepreneur and inventor. As a founder of the cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company, he largely developed the modern cosmetics industry in the United States and popularised the term "make-up" in noun form based on the verb.

He is also known for doing makeovers for starlets and giving them their signature looks; his most iconic works include Jean Harlow's platinum hair, Clara Bow's bob, Lucille Ball's false lashes and red curls, and Joan Crawford's "Hunter's Bow", or overdrawn lips.

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