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February 15, 1996 | EALENA CALLENDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unilever said Wednesday that it will buy Helene Curtis for $915 million in a deal that would add shampoos and deodorants to Unilever's lineup of consumer products and make it a stronger rival to industry giant Procter & Gamble. Chicago-based Helene Curtis, which would keep its name, has two-thirds of the U.S. market for hair-care products, deodorant and skin-care products. Its brands include Finesse, Salon Selectives, Suave and Quantum.
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February 15, 1996 | EALENA CALLENDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unilever said Wednesday that it will buy Helene Curtis for $915 million in a deal that would add shampoos and deodorants to Unilever's lineup of consumer products and make it a stronger rival to industry giant Procter & Gamble. Chicago-based Helene Curtis, which would keep its name, has two-thirds of the U.S. market for hair-care products, deodorant and skin-care products. Its brands include Finesse, Salon Selectives, Suave and Quantum.
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July 15, 2006 | Trevor Jensen, Chicago Tribune
Gerald Gidwitz, who with a partner helped start the Helene Curtis cosmetics company with clay dug out of the Arkansas River that they put in jars and sold as "Peach Bloom Facial Mask," died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 99, just six days short of his long-held goal of 100. Gidwitz was chairman of Helene Curtis when the publicly traded business was sold to Unilever for $915 million in 1996.
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