When Elizabeth Grant talks in bold strokes of high-octane enthusiasm, people naturally listen. Whatever the subject, she makes it compelling. It therefore comes as no surprise that her melodic voice lands effortlessly on the page in a colourful blend of humour, irony and wit. Grant is a born storyteller. She paints intimate pictures of the dramatic events and people shaping her past and present, drawing readers into a surprising world with charm, poise and heart-breaking candor.
About the Book
Beauty Icon Elizabeth Grant Shares her Personal Life Story of Battling the Odds and Winning
Elizabeth Grant: My Life – My Story
As told to and written by: Marion Witz and Carol Krenz
Toronto, ON, - It’s not often that a first hand account memoir comes about that spans nine decades, hundreds of thousands of miles, and delves into the deepest hardships as Elizabeth Grant: My Life – My Story does. Yet ultimately, this memoir leads to the type of success story that is most often saved for the movies and fictional storybooks. Elizabeth Grant’s tale is the true story of beating the odds, a woman’s determination, and the ability to keep soldiering on to achieve her dreams and goals.
Elizabeth Grant has stood at the helm of her beauty empire for more than sixty years. Her story starts in London, UK in the early 1900’s and follows her through her younger years and a nightmarish childhood. Elizabeth’s life changed in the blink of an eye with an incident that nearly killed her- when a German rocket dropped soundlessly from the sky on a peaceful Sunday in wartime London. The impact and resultant bomb blast damage took her down, damaged her face and rendered her almost deaf in one ear. A young makeup artist at Elstree Studios at the time, she thought herself so repulsively scarred, she could no longer face acting luminaries like Vivien Leigh, Margaret Leighton, and Robert Taylor with any degree of confidence. "I honestly thought my life was over,” Elizabeth says. But as readers will learn, she easily has more than nine lives. From that misfortune came eventual salvation. Elizabeth’s life changed course and she began her company in the 1950’s with an antidote that she discovered to cure her damaged face. Her compelling, tragic, and humorous story goes on to chart a unique woman's determination to overcome every obstacle in her path. Her survival is a raw and powerful testament to human perseverance. Elizabeth’s ultimate successes with an international cosmetics company, loving family, and true happiness provide readers with possible life changing inspiration.
Simply written, yet deeply powerful- there is a message in this book that can help those who find themselves at crossroads or in the face of adversaries. Through historical accounts of different eras, with great gravitas, and the enlightening tone of her bright personality, Elizabeth demonstrates that one can not allow negative circumstances or events in life to take over.
In Elizabeth Grant: My Life – My Story, Elizabeth provides readers with guidance from her own experiences and allows readers to connect with her on an emotional level. She inspires her audience, enabling those who truly believe in her compelling words, that they too can make it happen for themselves. Elizabeth shows that self reliance, independence and courage are three key traits that made her who is today. Her message translates across generational and class divides, regardless of gender or race: live for your dreams, reach for the stars, and you can be anyone you want to be - if you put your mind to it.
Elizabeth Grant has stood at the helm of her beauty empire for more than sixty years, regaling admirers with personal stories, notably one event that nearly killed her. When a German rocket dropped soundlessly from the sky on a peaceful Sunday in wartime London, its impact and resultant bomblast damage took her down, sliced her face, rendered her deaf in one ear and very nearly blinded her.
A young makeup artist at Ellstree Studios, she thought herself so repulsively scarred, she could no longer face acting luminaries like Vivien Leigh, Margaret Leighton, and Robert Taylor with any degree of confidence. “I honestly thought my life was over,” Elizabeth says.
But as readers will learn, she easily has more than nine lives. From that misfortune came salvation in the discovery of her proprietary Torricelumn serum, a complex of marine ingredients that restored her complexion to sheer luminosity. This singular event, presented in charismatic fashion on Canada’s Shopping Channel, was just one of the reasons I felt compelled to know more about her. I sensed a wealth of wisdom and experience lurking beneath her self-deprecating wit. A more profound history – one that had lain hidden for decades -- was waiting to be unearthed.
Revealing the multiple sides of Elizabeth was a painstaking labour of love, and one of my most rewarding journeys. Little by little, she emerged from self-imposed shadows with shocking and disturbing accounts of her nightmarish childhood. Years of abuse and neglect had spawned crushing self-doubt, yet she soldiered on, nursing a remarkable will to survive at any cost – even daring to reach for the unreachable. The Elizabeth Grant story spins a cinematic voyage on three continents, through Heaven and Hell. Compelling, tragic, wistful and humourous, it charts a unique woman’s determination to overcome every boulder in her path. Her survival is a raw and powerful testament to human perseverance and her ultimate success provides inspiration that transcends time.
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