Thursday, January 22, 2015

Maybelline founder, Tom Lyle Williams, shared his wealth with everyone

This picture of Tom Lyle with his niece, Neppy Williams-Corbett and his nephew, Noel A. Williams wife, Jean, was taken in Tom Lyle's home in Bel Air in 1968, right after the Maybelline company was sold to Plough Inc.  Notice the 24K gold plated beams between the plate glass window.  

Here is a story about Tom Lyle's generosity, given to me by his great niece and Mabel and Chet's granddaughter, Linda Hughes. 

When Maybelline was sold, each employee was given $1,000 for each year they worked for the company. Even those who hadn't been there a full year got $1,000. Tom Lyle's secretary Dorothy (aka Ducky) ended up with  $35,000 as did another secretary called Jimmie.  Jimmie called Mabel, to ask her to relay to TL how grateful she was that she could retire after she got her $30,000 check. At the time my parents had a bookstore and a former employee came in and told them he was bowled over to receive $8,000.  ( Dorothy also received one million dollars from her percentage in stock as well.) 

Read more about Tom Lyle Williams, a secret American Icon and the great things he accomplished during his lifetime, in The Maybelline Story. 

A cute story about Emery Shaver, Tom Lyle's lifetime partner of 50 years, given to me be his niece, Joyce Dennehy, (Mabel and Chet's, daughter.) 

When my family drove from Chicago, to California, to visit Uncle Lyle, when we were kids:  One day it was rainy and my brother Tom was grumbling a bit about having nothing to do. He said to Emery, "don't you have an indoor swimming pool?"   Emery's response was "no but I have an ingrown toenail."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy 119th Birthday to Maybelline founder, Tom Lyle Williams... Happy Martin Luther King Day,

Happy Birthday to my Great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams

Maybelline Advertising Genius Ties Civil Rights and Women's Rights together in 1964.

Maybelline was the first Cosmetic Company to feature a Black Model in 1959, Dorothea Towles Church. 

 In 1964, Great Lash Mascara was born and featured a beautiful young Black Model, who spoke in code, to the growing liberated female market.  The genius in this Ad was connecting Civil Rights with Women's Rights.  1964 was the year that changed America, both Culturally and Politically.   Be sure to see the new PBS Documentary called 1964.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. was the driving force behind the  the March on Washington, which helped bring about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Be sure to visit my hilarious 1964 Saffrons Rule Blog at

Monday, January 12, 2015

Maybelline has represented the positive spirit, with a stylish edge for 100 years

What makes a model or celebrity an effective face of the brand

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Our diverse group of spokesmodels come from all over the world—representing the positive spirit, cosmopolitan energy, and stylish edge of the Maybelline brand. They are all gorgeous, yet relatable. “Born With It,” as some might say

 Maybelline President, David Greenberg

Maybelline has always represented a stylish cutting edge image throughout the decades. 

Original Maybelline family descendant,
Sharrie Williams 

Maybelline's new Great Lash Real Impact mascara came out December, 2014...this is cutting edge.

In the beginning it was called Lash Brow Ine...Tom Lyle Williams, changed the name in 1916 to Maybelline in honor of his sister Mabel who gave him the idea for the product.

Maybelline in the 1920's took off when Flappers were seen in public flaunting their beautiful eyes with Maybelline mascara in the little red box.

In the 1930's Maybelline introduced eye shadow and pencil for  sophisticated ladies to carry in their handbags.

Maybeline in the 1940's, continued marketing their "Before and After" advertisements with a modern look and new line of products for the girl waiting for her Soldier to return during WW11.

Maybelline in the 1950s represented fashion as well as beautiful eyes after TV commercials give the
 products new dimension. 

Maybelline in 1964, introduced it's first wand-mascara,
 Ultra-Lash.  The teen market takes the Maybelline
 Brand Global.  

Maybelline in the 1970's now owned by Schering Plough Inc, introduces "Blooming Colors" to the market and creates more choices for fashionable ladies. 

Linda Carter, Wonder Woman
becomes spokeswoman during the 1980s, giving the face of Maybelline a more full body presentation.

The face of Maybelline, Kirstin Davis in the 1990s, introduces the Slogan, Maybe She's Born with it, Maybe it's Maybelline.

L'Oreal buys Maybelline in 1996 and changes it's name to Maybelline New York.

Maybelline today, is the biggest cosmetic brand in the world, starting 100 years ago by Tom Lyle Williams, a 19 year old entrepreneur from Chicago, with the help of his his sister Mabel and his brother Noel J.

Happy Birthday Maybelline New York.

Friday, January 9, 2015

I'm proud to introduce my sister Billee Williams new Blog "MEANDERING WITH BILLEE"


Billee Williams will take her visitors on little trips around the Palm Desert area and any place she might be wandering with her photographer/videographer, Mike. She will always be glamorously dressed and ready for her closeup.  It's a fun blog and I think you'll get a kick out of Billee's surprisingly addictive personality.  Take a look and see if you too, can't wait for her next post.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Meandering with Billee in Idyllwild California

Play with me in the snow in Idyllwild right outside Palm Springs Clalifornia

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Meanderings with Billee first post

Billee with her sister Donna and Sharrie Williams, 1976.  Look at Billee today, still as young and  beautiful.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Like my new Sharrie Williams Fan Page on Facebook and share the post.


just click on the link and hit like....Thanks so much everyone

I'm the girl on the right, in this picture in the newspaper, January 14, 1965.  One of the lead players in my High School Play, "Home Sweet Homicide."  I was in the drama department at Culver City High School and my dream was to be discovered have a Film career.  But, that didn't happen.  Here's why... follow my new blog, Postcards to my Fairy Godmother for another hilarious adventure
Can you imagine the time it took to dress up everyday.

I lost my High School Year Book in the 1993 Firestorm that destroyed my home in Laguna Beach and haven't seen it since.  For Valentines Day a friend sent me these pictures from my Culver City High School Olympian and I'm so happy to finally have a missing piece of my past back.  

I hope you have something special happen for you as well...

Making up for the Senior Play, looking the same as always.

I was very proud to be a National Thespian and part of the Theatre community. I wanted to be an actress and a Maybelline model and was very involved in my aspirations.

Always had to stand out. I'm the blond in the double breasted coat,
 in the picture on the left.

I always wanted my name on the Marquee!!!

Here is the cast from Home Sweet Homicide. Can you pick me out of the lineup.

My 1964 High School Diary is now a blog called Saffrons Rule come visit me when I was 17 at

Monday, January 5, 2015

"POSTCARDS TO MY FAIRY GODMOTHER" my new Blog celebrating Maybelline's 100th Birthday.

Be sure to stop by and get a peak of my beautiful Sharrie Williams Author Website at and see more reviews of my book, or buy a signed copy The Maybelline Story.

You can also visit, POSTCARDS FROM MY FAIRY GODMOTHER,  daily, by clicking on this link, docu-bloglocated on a page at the top my Maybelline Book Blog, or going directly to

If you read my book, The Maybelline Story and want to know more about what happened after the book ended, my new Blog, "Postcards to my Fairy Godmother," will surely answer in a most amusing almost addictive way many questions.

 In this ultra-fun over the top narrative, my story unfolds in a diary written to my Fairy Godmother... hoping she'll make my dreams come true...

Like Cinderella, I eventually come out of the ashes of my past and into a life I never dreamed possible.   In the beginning I'm a real Material Girl times +10, who only sees value in life as money, property and prestige.

 But, with the help of my Fairy Godmother, or perhaps my own conscience, I eventually grow up and discovers the real meaning of true wealth...which is love and a healthy Spirit.

Over the years, I discover I have a brain and the ability to make my own dreams come true... Well, maybe with a little help from the Stardust my Fairy Godmother sprinkles on my life... but, surely it does happen and It's a real crazy ride, one you won't want to miss.  



I turned 20 in 1967 and was a contestant on a T.V. show called "Dream Girl". As usual, I lost to a brunette who was a "That Girl" Marlo Thomas look alike... while I came in second in my long blond wig, mini skirt and white vinyl boots. I was a copy of Nancy Sinatra, singing "These boots are made for walking," but the judge, William Shatner, "Captain Kirk, from Star Trec," chose the Marlo look alike over the Sinatra look alike.

I was pretty much a living doll on the outside but a sad little confused girl on the inside, looking for the love and approval I needed to feel good about myself. I had lost connection with the real Sharrie, and was now just a puppet, or a pawn used by who ever, and the major who ever seemed to be Nana. continued at

Friday, January 2, 2015

From the family who brought Maybelline Mascara into the world...Congratulations and Happy 100th Birthday Maybelline New York,

My name is Sharrie Williams, I am the grandniece of Maybelline founder, Tom Lyle Williams's.  My book, The Maybelline Story, gives a never before told story and an insider's view into the genesis of a corporate giant, Maybelline a story that spans from 1915 to present. 
My Maybelline Book Blog has had clost to two million views, from 105 countries--including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, China France, Ukrine, Australia, Russia, the Netherlands and Poland. 
My connection power continues to be robust (to date my book has been translated into 4 languages: Chinese,Poland,  Estonia and Spain) 2015 looks to be very exciting for me as I have several "One Women Shows" scheduled and many interviews scheduled to break out in beautiful online fashion magazines and a second book coming this Fall and a Miniseries in the works. So watch for my Brand to grow as The Maybelline Story unfolds around the Globe!

The entire Maybelline family celebrates Maybelline's "100 year Birthday" in 2015 and we pay honor to our great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, Mabel Williams and Noel James Williams, the original founders of this incredible company.

From a little mail order company in 1915 to a world wide global brand in 2015, we also salute Maybelline New York for carrying on the Maybelline tradition of Advertising being the secret to 100 years                             of unprecedented worldwide success.

As a family we salute Maybelline New York as the King of Advertising, just as we saluted our great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams who held the title for over 50 years.

It is with much love and appreciation we say "Happy 100th Birthday" to Maybelline New York.

The photographs were taken by talented photographer Kenneth Willardt, who was inspired by confident women, brave inventors and revolutionary innovations that have made an impact in Maybelline New York’s history