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Evelyn H. Lauder is an articulate, outspoken dynamo. An astute businesswoman, skilled sportswoman and talented photographer, she is also an ardent activist and philanthropist, and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Born in Vienna, Austria, her parents rescued her when they ﬂed the Nazi annexation, ﬁrst by living in Belgium for three months and then in England during the Blitz. When the ship bringing them to the United States arrived in New York Harbor, her mother woke her to see the Statue of Liberty so she would remember the sight for the rest of her life. Her remarkable life is an American success story.
Evelyn Lauder attended New York City public schools. As a freshman in college, she was introduced to Leonard Lauder, the son of Estée and Joseph Lauder, owners of a then little-known cosmetics start-up company. Shortly after her marriage to Leonard, now Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies, Evelyn Lauder was persuaded to join the family business by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Estée Lauder. Her teaching background with the New York City schools was an excellent springboard for one of her earliest projects Ė creating the Company's initial training programs; she still participates in training to this day. She enhanced the Estée Lauder range by adding many colors and treatment products that appealed to a wider range of complexions and skin types. More than 50 years later, Evelyn Lauder remains a driving force in the success of The Estée Lauder Companies. In 1999 and 2007, she was featured in Crain's New York Business Magazine as one of New York's 100 Most Inﬂuential Women in Business, and in 2008 she was nominated to the International Best Dressed List.
Mrs. Lauder has held many different positions while contributing her invaluable insights about new fashion trends, consumers' rapidly changing needs and new approaches to the development of innovative skin care, makeup and fragrance products. She also helped to create and to name the Clinique brand. In the last 25 years, she has focused on fragrance Ė an interest shared with her famous mother-in-law and one that stems from her lifelong passion for ﬂowers and gardening. As part of Mrs. Lauder's travels as the Company's "ambassador," she delights in discovering the occasional exotic ﬂower and using it to create a novel fragrance note. Her rare ability to visualize unique fragrance combinations or impressions drives the Company's creative efforts in New York.
There, as the Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for The Estée Lauder Companies, she works at bringing these concepts to life in uniquely distinctive yet globally successful fragrances.
Mrs. Lauder's energies and enthusiasm reach outward too. She is a leader in New York City's cultural and philanthropic life. As a member of The Lauder Foundation, she was instrumental in presenting a whole new concept of Adventure Playgrounds to the City of New York. From 1967 to 1973, The Lauder Foundation replaced outmoded facilities by building three creative play areas in Central Park that were designed to challenge children's skills and stimulate their imaginations while placing a strong emphasis on safety and physical ﬁtness. Mrs. Lauder currently serves as Vice President of both The Lauder Foundation and The Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, and continues to contribute signiﬁcantly to city parks through her active participation as a board member of the Central Park Conservancy. Many other charities have also beneﬁted from Mrs. Lauder's thoughtful guidance and renowned generosity, including not-for-proﬁts devoted to health and human services, education and inner city schools, the environment, women's causes and the arts.
It is for her formidable role in the battle to defeat breast cancer that Evelyn Lauder is perhaps best known. In October 1992, she and Alexandra Penney, then editor of SELF Magazine, developed the Pink Ribbon, which has become the worldwide symbol of breast health. Mrs. Lauder spearheaded the distribution of millions of Pink Ribbons and "Breast Self-Exam" instruction cards at Estée Lauder counters across the United States. That effort placed Breast Cancer Awareness in the public forefront. Nineteen years later, more than 115 million Pink Ribbons and millions of educational brochures and bookmarks have been given away around the world. The Estée Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign presently extends to more than 70 countries and represents the most signiﬁcant and inﬂuential campaign ever instituted to educate women worldwide about the need for early detection and treatment of breast cancer. In 2000, Mrs. Lauder and The Estée Lauder Companies launched its annual "Global Landmark Illuminations Initiative," whereby historic landmarks are illuminated in pink lights during the month of October to focus global attention on this issue. Each year, more than 200 prominent landmarks around the world participate, including famous sites such as The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Tower of London, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and the Tokyo Tower in Japan. In 2010, The Estée Lauder Companies illuminated 38 global historic landmarks within a 24-hour time frame and
achieved the ﬁrst ever Guinness World Record for "Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours." Included among the 38 iconic landmarks were Parliament House in Australia, the remains of the Old City of Jaffa in Israel, Hotel Majestic in France, and Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Mrs. Lauderís leadership in the ﬁght against breast cancer extends beyond the Company. In 1989, as a member of the Board of Overseers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, she successfully initiated a fundraising drive that raised in excess of $18 million to establish the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the ﬁrst-ever breast and diagnostic center, which opened in 1992 and has become a model for similar facilities around the world. The new and greatly enlarged Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, which opened in September 2009, is three times the size of its predecessor; provides the most up-to-date breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and outpatient treatment services; and serves as a worldwide model for offering coordinated supportive services in a warm and nurturing environment under one roof for one disease, a concept which has since been replicated in other institutions and for other diseases.
In 1993, Mrs. Lauder turned her attention to helping the worldís top medical and scientiﬁc researchers, and established The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to address a crucial lack of funding for research. Under her chairmanship, the Foundation has grown to become the largest national organization dedicated exclusively to funding outstanding research relating to the causes, treatment and possible prevention of breast cancer. To date, BCRF has raised over $315 million and supports 172 researchers across the United States and in Australia, Canada, Latin America, the Middle East, and throughout Europe. Mrs. Lauder was recognized for her many contributions to breast cancer and the field of philanthropy in New York Magazineís "The Inﬂuentials" 2006 issue.
As to her personal interests, wherever Evelyn Lauder goes, her IS-30 Olympus camera goes too. In the course of her extensive travels, she has captured rainbows rising from the Paciﬁc Ocean, sculptural snow scenes while cross-country skiing in Colorado, extraordinary patterns created by light reﬂecting on water, and landscapes from Chile and Tuscany to the South of France. Recently she has turned her lens onto her collection of antique lady head vases, using shadows and light to draw attention to the exaggerated drama and beauty of these tiny collectables. The stunning results have led to many one-woman exhibitions. The ﬁrst, in 1992, was mounted at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City. Mrs. Lauderís art is represented in many public and private collections, including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and leading medical facilities in the United States and abroad. In October 2002, Harry Abrams, Inc. published An Eye for Beauty, Mrs. Lauderís second collection of photographs. Her ﬁrst book of photographs, also from Abrams, The Seasons Observed, was published in September 1994. In the autumn of 2011 there will be a show and sale of her work at the Gagosian Gallery in London.
Evelyn Lauderís Perceptions of Beauty photo exhibition was displayed internationally, including at the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City, Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, Duran Exposiciones de Arte in Madrid, and The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Interview Magazine, American Photo, House & Garden, O: The Oprah Magazine and Town & Country. Evelyn Lauderís most recent photo exhibition Beauté et Sérénité: Photographs by Evelyn
H. Lauder was featured at the Galerie des Galeries at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris in June 2010. All proceeds from the sale of Evelyn Lauderís photographs beneﬁt The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Known as well for her knowledge of food and entertaining, she was asked by Rodale Books to write a healthy cookbook which was published in 2006. In Great Taste: Fresh, Simple Recipes for Eating and Living Well has been a great success. This delightful book of more than 125 healthy and delicious recipes is inspired by Mrs. Lauderís own personal eating instincts as well as her years of experience working with doctors and nutritionists at leading hospitals. As with her previous two books, all royalties from the sale of In Great Taste beneﬁt The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Evelyn Lauder has received numerous citations for her outstanding achievements. These include the following:
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Health Leadership Award
Fashion Group International Humanitarian Award
Double Helix Medal from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Elected to International Best Dressed List
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2007 Partners in Progress Award for her lifetime commitment to breast cancer awareness
Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement "FiFi" Award, The Fragrance Foundation
Lifetime Community Achievement Award, The Junior League of Los Angeles, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Hunter College, New York, NY
Inner Beauty Award, Cosmetic Executive Women (United States)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Cosmetic Executive Women (United Kingdom)
Brooke Astor Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Science, Rockefeller University
Living Legend Award, American Society of Perfumers
The Alice Paul Award
Chevalier de la Légion díHonneur, France
Gold Medal, The Spanish Institute
Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Ellis Island Medal of Honor, The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations
Humanitarian Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
Woman of the Year (shared), Glamour Magazine
Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Woman Who Has Made A Difference, International Womenís Forumís New York Forum
Philanthropists of the Year Award (with Mr. Lauder),The Greater New York Chapter, National Society of Fund Raising Executives
"In capturing a singular moment, photography has also helped me learn to let go of things I want to hold on to so tightly. You canít hold back time, but you can look forward to whatís coming next and do everything in your power to create the best possible future."
Evelyn H. Lauder
For information about Evelyn Lauder's "Ten Beauties" limited-edition portfolio, Eye for Beauty book, and limited-edition photographs to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-879-6307.