Friday, January 21, 2011

Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams passion for beautiful automobiles lives on today

Bill Williams with his uncle Tom Lyle Williams, founder of the Maybelline Company, and his mother Evelyn.  Taken at the home Tom Lyle bought for them in West Los Angeles in 1938.

Tom Lyle was loyal to Evelyn, promising to take care of her and Bill for the rest of their lives.  He gave her a diamond ring for standing by his brother Preston for 13 years and bought them a little house in West Los Angeles not far from the Villa Valentino.  Unk Ile, as Bill called his uncle, became a surrogate father, not only bringing security into his life but also the love of beautiful automobiles - a factor influencing Bill's desire for collecting classic cars after the sale of the Maybelline Company in 1967. 

Check out author Sharrie Williams, Bills Daughter and her cousin Chuck Williams, at the Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction Jan 20th, discussing their great uncle, Tom Lyle's  passion for custom designed Packards.

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