Sharrie Williams, author of The Maybelline Story, is an original descendant of the Maybelline family. Her Great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, founded the Maybelline Co in 1915 and sold it in 1967. Sharrie shares her family's photos, stories and vintage Maybelline ads.
Paramount Star, Gloria Swanson, rocketed to stardom and was one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood.
She appeared in Lash-Brow-Ine, and Maybelline Ads during the Silent Film Era.
Gloria Swanson, endorsed Lash-Brow-Ine and Maybelline in the 1920's - acting as a role model for young women wary of appearing vain in public... just as women got the vote and Prohibition was enacted.
During her heyday, audiences went to her films not only for her performances, but also to see her wardrobe. Frequently ornamented with beads, jewels, peacock and ostrich feathers, haute couture of the day or extravagant period pieces, one would hardly suspect that she was barely five feet (1.52 m) tall. Her fashion, hair styles, and jewels were copied around the world. She was the screen's first clothes horse and was becoming one of the most famous and photographed women in the world.
Many of the lines from the film have become pop-culture mainstays, and are often used to describe Swanson herself; among them: "The Greatest Star of them all," "I am big; it's the pictures that got small," "We didn't need dialogue, we had faces."
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in Sunset Boulavard.
"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up." .Read more about Gloria Swanson and Maybelline, in - The Maybelline Story.