Tuesday, November 22, 2011

On November 22

On this day in ...
... 2001 (10 years ago today), Mary Kay Ash (left) died at age 83 at her home in Dallas, Texas. She'd been ill for several years, having suffered a stroke in 1996. (photo credit) Ash was known to the world as "Mary Kay," the name and face of a cosmetics company she founded with a $5,000 investment, when she was a 45-year-old divorced mother of 3. She turned it into a "billion-dollar beauty empire." Known for her fondness and ostentatious display of the color pink, she once explained her success thus:

'I was middle-aged, had varicose veins and I didn't have time to fool around. Have you heard the definition of a woman's needs? From 14 to 40, she needs good looks, from 40 to 60, she needs personality, and I'm here to tell you that after 60, she needs cash.'

(Prior November 22 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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