Graham, Florence Nightingale
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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