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Beauty Icon: Erno Laszlo

By Kaitlyn Dreyling / October 10, 2011

Decades later we're still fascinated with legendary beauties like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. Earlier this month, Jackie was the cover girl of People magazine, while a shot of Michelle Williams emulating Ms. Monroe made the October cover of Vogue.

Sure, they're fashion idols just as much as they're beauty icons. Audrey Hepburn and the Kennedy family were Givenchy fans, while Catherine Deneuve was a YSL muse. You could even slip your feet in shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo or Delman if you want to feel like Marilyn. But in terms of beauty, you can easily replicate their looks - but would you want to know some of their beauty secrets?

We know that Marilyn wore Chanel No 5 in bed, but what about her skin? Apparently that was Erno Laszlo pHormula No. 3-9. This thick cream was formulated to soothe and heal stressed out complexions.

An archive image of Erno Laszlo with the Duchess of Windsor.

Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who gained recognition after Princess Stephanie of Belgium became a fan. This led him to open his first skin institute in Budapest. He later moved to New York, where he opened another institute on Fifth Avenue. Soon celebrities and royalty became regular clients.

Ava Gardner was a fan and so was Greta Garbo who used the Erno Laszlo cleansing system. Jackie Kennedy was also a loyal user of the Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Oil for washing away her makeup.

You can find out your own Erno Laszlo ritual at ernolaszlo.com and be a part of the brand's star-studded history.