My Dad was a perfectionist and didn’t think my Saffron picture was worth $12.50

June 4, 1964,Thursday. Got Saffron Pictures.

Sticking to my diet. We got our Saffron pictures today. Daddy was mad because he doesn’t think they were worth $12.50. I think they’re good. I wish I could give one to Dave. I got a big shock today. Marilyn’s Mom ran away and got married, but he’s rich. Had to go to Drama class, but, didn’t want to. I was so tired. I did real bad, because I wasn’t ready. Almost fell asleep on the way home.


I thought my Saffron picture was great, but my dad, who was used to Maybelline Movie Star ads, thought they were ordinary…  $12.50 in today’s money, would be about $91.00….  My dad as a young boy, spent a lot of time with his uncle Tom Lyle Williams at the Villa Valentino, in the Hollywood Hills, where Maybelline’s famous glossy color ads were created. He also worked at MGM for a while in the Art Department, so was a hypercritical perfectionist when it came to beauty of any kind. No wonder I was the way I was as a kid.  Not a regular teenager in 1964.

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Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story and a direct descendant of the Maybelline Cosmetic Family. Great niece of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams. Buy a signed copy today.
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