Evelyn Lauder dies at 75; daugher-in-law of cosmetics magnate



, 75, the daughter-in-law of cosmetics magnate

Estee Lauder

who helped create the pink ribbon symbol for

breast cancer

awareness, died Saturday at her


home of complications from nongenetic

ovarian cancer

, said Estee Lauder Cos. spokeswoman Alexandra Trower. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, years after battling breast cancer.

Lauder worked for more than 50 years for the beauty products giant, holding many positions and helping to develop its lines of skin care, makeup and fragrance. Most recently, she held the title of senior corporate vice president.

She is best known as a powerhouse champion of breast cancer research and for helping to create the pink ribbon campaign in 1992 with Self magazine editor Alexandra Penney.


Evelyn Lauder: In the Nov. 14 LATExtra section, a brief obituary of philanthropist Evelyn Lauder, who helped create the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness, said that the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City opened in 2009. It opened in 1992 and expanded in 2009. —

Lauder also raised money to establish the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


New York City

, which opened in 2009.

Born Evelyn Hausner in 1936 in Vienna, she fled Nazi-occupied Europe with her parents. They eventually settled in the United States.

At Hunter College in New York, she met Leonard Lauder, the elder son of Estee Lauder, whose family owned what was then a small cosmetics company.

The couple married in 1959. Leonard Lauder is now chairman emeritus of the company.

--Los Angeles Times wire reports