1970s (circa) Betty Gale with Cary Grant (Faberge Factory)

Question: Is there a connection between the famous Fabergé Easter eggs and Fabergé cosmetics?
Answer: Yes. Four years after jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé died, two of his sons tried to restart the family business in Paris, France, but were not especially successful. Then, in the 1930s, an American businessman, Sam Rubin, started using the name Fabergé Inc. for his perfume and toiletries company, a name suggested by his billionaire friend, Armand Hammer, who, being a billionaire, had been able to pick up several pretty Fabergé trinkets after the Russian Revolution. This escaped the notice of the Fabergé family until after WW II ended, at which point they took exception and brought in lawyers. An out of court settlement was reached in 1951, but only permitted Rubin to use the Fabergé name for cosmetics , not jewellery.
After retiring from show business, actor Cary Grant served on the board of directors of the Fabergé company, which Rubin sold to in 1961. One of my aunts used to work in a Fabergé factory and had her picture taken with him during a visit there. (See above. No, she’s not the one hugging him. She’s the one on his left.)

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