|Outside the Maybelline Building 1934.|
Tom Lyle, Jr. inherited his father's shyness. Mable's daughter Shirley worked summers at Maybelline and she said every morning TL Jr. walked briskly to his private office, said a brief hello to everyone and no one saw him again until the end of the day. On the other hand, Noel kept up with all the employees' and their families. The women who worked there loved him dearly and called him Unky.
When Tom Lyle died, his niece Shirley got a phone call from TL, Jr.'s lawyer. He said Tom Lyle Jr. was too shy to go downtown to meet with the executor and lawyers and asked Shirley to do it. She went downtown to explain all the family members and their relationships to the family. Good thing she had and still has an excellent memory. (Memories from Mable's daughters, Shirley and Joyce, and her granddaughters, Donna and Linda, who still live in Chicago.
|Tom Lyle Williams at his home in Bel Air, after the sale of his Maybelline Company in 1968|
TL left a big portion of his estate to the Salvation Army. For many years he rented them space in the Maybelline building for $1 annually.
If you enjoyed HBO's Mildred Pierce with it's Hollywood era of the 1930's and 1940's, you will go nuts over The Maybelline Story.