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Graham, Florence Nightingale (Arden, Elizabeth)

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Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1966 AD, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Entrepreneurs

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1884 - Born on December 31st in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. A Canadian-born American businesswoman who developed a successful line of cosmetics and a chain of beauty salons and spas.

1908 - Florence Graham briefly pursued nurse's training, worked as a secretary, and held various other jobs before moving from Canada to New York City.

1910 - She became an assistant to a beauty specialist, Eleanor Adair, and went into partnership with Elizabeth Hubbard in a beauty salon on Fifth Avenue, investing about $1,000 in the venture.

1914 - Hired chemists to produce a fluffy face cream and an astringent lotion, the first products in a cosmetics line that eventually included some 300 items.

1915 - Began to market her cosmetics internationally, selling them wholesale to pharmacies and department stores.

1922 - She opened a Paris salon, and in later years she operated salons across Europe and in South America and Australia as well.

1947 - Arden was one of the nation's foremost racehorse owners as well; she operated stables near Lexington, Kentucky, from which came Jet Pilot, winner of the Kentucky Derby.

1966 - Died on October 18th in New York. She bolstered her own image of ageless beauty by successfully concealing her age, which was not divulged until her death.

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