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Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World Hardcover – August 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (August 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559708751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559708753
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fred E. Basten is the author of numerous books about Hollywood and the entertainment industry. A graduate of UCLA, he was the assistant to the public relations director at Max Factor in Hollywood. Now a freelance writer, he lives in Santa Monica, California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on May 9, 2009
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I enjoyed this book and almost finished it in 1 day, but I kept thinking, "I wish there were more pictures." Well, I did not realize it, but the book "Max Factor's Hollywood" arrived a few days later and is by the same author (Basken), and it has loads more pictures! Both books are easy to read and do not get bogged down with too much nonessential history that make your eyes glaze over. If you want just the facts, ma'am (or sir), get this book; if you want to ogle B&W photos of the day with the info, find "Max Factor's Hollywood."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lita Kilpatrick on December 7, 2008
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This book is the story of my grandfather Max Factor. Although I had long heard the family stories -- there is much more here that I didn't know. I was 10 years old when he died. Oh how I welcome this book. I knew little about his early years in Poland and Russia. I am giving this book to my children and grandchildren for Christmas. I am so very proud of my family's story. I seem to have carried on his entropunerial genes! Knowing so much more about him is a special joy for me this year.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann Allyn Slessman on September 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
MAX FACTOR
The Man Who Changed
the Faces of the World
Fred C. Basten
Arcade Publishing Inc.
Hachette Book Group
ISBN: 978-1-55970-875-3
$24.95
184 pages
Reviewer: Annie Slessman

Max Factor, a name known throughout the world as one of the leading manufacturers of cosmetics, was born in Poland as Max Faktor. Only when he entered the U.S. did the spelling of his name change. It seems an inspector misspelled Faktor and not knowing how to tell him otherwise, Max's last name changed forever to Factor.

Max married Lizzie, his first wife when working as the make up artist for the Russian Royal family as well as the Imperial Russian Grand Opera. He could not let the Russian Royal family know of his marriage since it could jeopardize Lizzie's life. Therefore, the marriage and the subsequent children of the couple became one of the best-kept secrets in Russia for almost five years until they reached the United States.

Once in America, Max and a partner opened an exhibit at the St. Louis World Fair. Although his exhibit was successful, Max's partner disappeared with all of funds earned from the exhibit and left Max penniless. Max, with the help of his brother and Uncle, opened a barbershop in 1906. It was the beginning of history in the making.

Max Factor was a pioneer in developing make up for the movie industry. Unknown to most of us, he also made most of the wigs used in movies during the "Golden Age."
He eventually took Max Factor to heights Max himself could never have believed in his early years. His entire family-sons, daughters and the son-in-laws were all well versed in the many divisions of his company and carried on his work after his death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By So. Calif book reader on April 5, 2011
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I have the other Basten book, 'Max Factor's Hollywood' which is more of a picture book and is excellent. This little book is really more about the Max Factor COMPANY, not necessarily about the life of Max Factor, other than the fact of telling about him creating the different make-ups, etc. I suppose that was his life. After his death, the book mostly goes on about different family members taking over and the other companies that bought it and the usual corporation takeover info. That is not necessarily interesting reading. I think the other book is much more interesting. I did notice two errors in this book, and better research would have eliminated both. One is the misspelling of Ramon Novarro's name. It is not Navarro. The other mentions when Max Factor died, that he was entombed at Beth Olem (sic) mausoleum at Hillside Memorial Park. Big wrong!! He was originally put in Beth OLAM and later disinterred and put at Hillside.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Make Up Student on February 14, 2010
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Very interesting to know how the brand Max Factor began. When I see it in cosmetics shops now, I feel different towards the brand, since I know about the person who started it and made it popular. Enjoyable reading for someone who is studying about make up.
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I never had any idea that Max factor had such an impact on life now and on many of the products we take for granted. This was a fascinating and great read
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