Max Factor

Birth Name:
Maksymilian Faktorowicz
Birth Date:
September 15, 1877
Birth Place:
Zduńska Wola, Congress Poland, Russian Empire
Death Date:
August 30, 1938
Place of Death:
Beverly Hills, California
Cause of Death:
Heart failure
Cemetery Name:
Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Polish businessman, beautician, entrepreneur and inventor. Max Factor Sr. founded the the cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company, and modernized the cosmetic industry in the United States. He also coined the term "make-up" as a noun, so it was no longer used just as a verb.

Fun Fact

The building that houses today’s Hollywood Museum at 1660 North Highland at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood was originally purchased by Max Factor, legendary make-up artist to the stars, in 1928, just moments before the Great Depression. It was not until 1935 that it was finally opened. Famed architect S. Charles Lee designed it in the so-called Hollywood regency art deco style. Lee was celebrated for his design of many of the grand motion picture theaters in Los Angeles as well as hotels and other signature buildings in the city and elsewhere in California.

Through Max Factor this became much more than an elegant building. For the first time in history movie stars, women of high society and working women were all able to go to a public place for their make-up without the stigma of being called “hussies.”

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery

6001 W Centinela Ave

Culver City, California, 90045


North America


Grave Location:

Courts Of The Book, Isaiah, Wall V, Crypt 340

Grave Location Description

As you walk into the mausoleum go straight ahead and when you’re facing Jack Benny’s tomb, simply walk left (east) past Eddie Cantor’s crypt, and through the door, out onto a small, outdoor walkway lined with glass-enclosed rooms, and featuring a low, round fountain. The glass room in front of you, to the right side, is labeled “Landon.” This is where Michael Landon, the star of TV’s “Bonanza,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “Highway to Heaven.” is interred. Now turn right and you will find Max Factor at eye-level along the wall.

Grave Location GPS

33.979582, -118.387975



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