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April 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A great grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor saw his sentence cut Tuesday to 50 years in state prison in connection with a series of videotaped rapes. Andrew Luster was sentenced by Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz, who recently vacated the 124-year sentence the convicted rapist received in 2003. His lawyers had hoped to secure a sentence of 25 years or less on the 86 counts related to videotaped sex acts and the use of a date rape drug on three women. Luster's case drew global attention after he jumped his $1-million bail and fled to Mexico during the proceedings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A great grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor saw his sentence cut Tuesday to 50 years in state prison in connection with a series of videotaped rapes. Andrew Luster was sentenced by Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz, who recently vacated the 124-year sentence the convicted rapist received in 2003. His lawyers had hoped to secure a sentence of 25 years or less on the 86 counts related to videotaped sex acts and the use of a date rape drug on three women. Luster's case drew global attention after he jumped his $1-million bail and fled to Mexico during the proceedings.
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September 6, 1991
Davis Factor Sr., 89, former chairman of the board and chief executive of the cosmetics company Max Factor & Co. started by his father. Born in Poland, Factor moved to St. Louis and then to Los Angeles as a child. The family business began with Max Factor, the father, making wigs and later face powder for movie stars. Davis Factor grew up with the business, which rapidly was marketed to Los Angeles women as "society makeup."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
A judge Monday vacated the 124-year sentence received by convicted rapist Andrew Luster in 2003 and ordered an April 4 hearing to determine a new sentence. Luster, a great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, was convicted on 86 counts of rape and drug charges after a jury viewed videotapes he made of himself engaging in sexual acts with three women rendered unconscious by GHB, a "date-rape" drug. Although Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz refused to grant Luster a new trial and expressed skepticism about most of the arguments made by Luster's attorneys in more than a week of hearings, she agreed that his unusually long sentence needed to be reconsidered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1996
Outraged that Procter & Gamble Co. plans to sell the landmark Max Factor building and its museum collection, some Hollywood locals staged a demonstration Thursday outside the building. Procter & Gamble has agreed to sell the building to developer Donelle Dadigan for $1.15 million, said Ed Rider, chief archivist for Procter & Gamble. Dadigan said she intends to lease most of the building to the Museum of Hollywood History, an archive that is to open when the sale is completed.
BUSINESS
April 10, 1991 | From Reuters
Cosmetics giant Revlon Inc. is expected to announce plans to sell its Max Factor division and a German subsidiary to Procter & Gamble for $1 billion, the New York Times reported. The paper said the companies will sign a letter of intent as early as today. Max Factor had annual sales of $621 million in 1990. The German subsidiary, Betrix, another beauty aides company, had sales of $216 million. The operations represented 30% of the sales of Revlon, which is headed by Ronald O. Perelman.
NEWS
September 22, 1994 | JON GARCIA
The rezoning of the 12-acre former Max Factor site at El Segundo Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue has opened the way for the construction of 108 homes. The City Council changed the zone from industrial to residential use last week, giving Manhattan Beach developer Bob Comstock a tentative go-ahead for a proposed gated community near the city's Holly Park neighborhood. The 200,000-square-foot Max Factor building would be demolished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Federal and state authorities launched a manhunt for alleged rapist Andrew Luster after he failed to show up for his trial Monday morning and a search of his beachfront home found his dog and clothes missing. Rejecting defense arguments that Luster may have been kidnapped or injured in a car accident, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ken Riley declared the 39-year-old great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor a fugitive and ordered that his trial continue.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Procter & Gamble Co. said it would phase out U.S. sales of the century-old Max Factor makeup brand by early 2010. The Cincinnati-based consumer products maker said it would keep selling Max Factor overseas, where its sales have been strongest. P&G has been building up its CoverGirl cosmetics business in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Max Factor literally changed the face of Hollywood. And his effect on Tinseltown is elaborately illustrated in "Max Factor: Hollywood's First Makeover Artist," on exhibit at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum through Dec. 1. More than 120 objects, including wigs, stills, ads, contracts and devices, haven't been seen since the closure a decade ago of the Max Factor Museum at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Testifying in a blue prison jumpsuit with his ankles chained, Andrew Luster cast himself Wednesday as a victim of tragically bad legal advice. Serving a 124-year sentence on rape and drug charges, Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, took the witness stand in Ventura County Superior Court, where he hopes to have his unusually long sentence reduced because his legal representation was allegedly inept. With drawn face and sometimes terse answers, Luster said attorney Richard G. Sherman urged him to flee to Mexico - advice Luster followed a week into his 2002 trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Luster was misled by members of a legal team who urged him to flee the country rather than face rape charges, according to witnesses in a court hearing Wednesday. Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor, was convicted in absentia and is in court this week seeking a reduction in his 124-year sentence, as well as a new trial. The hearing, which is being held at the Ventura County Courthouse before retired Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz, is expected to last into next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Monte Factor, a Beverly Hills clothier and arts patron who co-founded the End Hunger Network and a groundbreaking Los Angeles child-care center, died Dec. 5 at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, his daughter Diane announced. He was 94. With actor Jeff Bridges and others in the entertainment industry, Factor started the nonprofit End Hunger Network in 1983 to raise awareness of childhood hunger and help end it. He happened to live next door to Ted Danson, another actor involved with the organization, the Toronto Star noted in 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2010 | Steve Lopez
The story of how a man's leather belt ended up becoming part of a backyard avocado tree in Culver City begins in Hungary. Barbara Rona's mother died giving birth to her. Nineteen years later, the father who raised her was arrested for being a Jew and taken to a concentration camp. Then Barbara was carted off to Auschwitz, the first of four Nazi camps where she witnessed unspeakable horrors. She and others, exhausted, sick and starving, were ordered to march endlessly. They wore rags or were stark naked, and anyone who knelt to rest was shot and dragged away.
HOME & GARDEN
March 6, 2010 | Lauren Beale
Tennis great Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, have listed their newly built compound in Lake Sherwood for $25 million. The gated contemporary sits on 20 hilltop acres with 360-degree views, a north-south tennis court and a swimming pool. The more than 13,000-square-foot main house has a theater and a game room. Including the 1,200-square-foot guesthouse and the 2,000-square-foot detached gym, the property has seven bedrooms and 11 1/2 bathrooms.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Procter & Gamble Co. said it would phase out U.S. sales of the century-old Max Factor makeup brand by early 2010. The Cincinnati-based consumer products maker said it would keep selling Max Factor overseas, where its sales have been strongest. P&G has been building up its CoverGirl cosmetics business in the U.S.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
During a 1920s press conference with Max Factor, a reporter approached the legendary Hollywood makeup man and remarked, "How wonderful for you to be involved in makeup--it's an art." "It isn't art," replied the man who had no such illusions about cosmetics. "It's a business." Time proved Max Factor right. Worldwide cosmetics sales are expected to top $18 billion in 1990. "He knew back then," says Robert Salvatore, beauty director and curator of the Max Factor Museum of Beauty in Hollywood.
SPORTS
February 26, 2000 | STEPHEN WADE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Joe-Max Moore arrived two months ago at the once-proud English soccer club Everton, skeptics christened him Joe-Max Less. Stumped by the hyphen in his name, radio and TV broadcasters lopped off the "Joe" and incorrectly called him Max Moore. The former Mission Viejo High and UCLA star had his own doubts when he was assigned No. 23--a measure of his distance from the starting 11.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Max Factor literally changed the face of Hollywood. And his effect on Tinseltown is elaborately illustrated in "Max Factor: Hollywood's First Makeover Artist," on exhibit at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum through Dec. 1. More than 120 objects, including wigs, stills, ads, contracts and devices, haven't been seen since the closure a decade ago of the Max Factor Museum at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2003 | Samantha Bonar, Times Staff Writer
The story of Max Factor heir and convicted serial rapist Andrew Luster proves not only the truth of the maxim that money can't buy taste but also that it can't buy class, brains or a conscience. Lifetime's TV movie "A Date With Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster" tells with accuracy and sensitivity the tale of a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth and not a scruple in his head.
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