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Jean Ann Ford, Benefit Cosmetics Co-Founder, Dies At Age 71

Updated On 24 Jan, 2019 Published On

Jean Ann Ford, the cosmetics guru who co-founded the makeup brand Benefit Cosmetics along with her sister, Jane Ford, has died at the age of 71. She spearheaded her brand's popularity among Hollywood stars.

A spokeswoman for the makeup brand company confirmed her death with releasing a statement to WWD. The spokesperson told the news journal that Jean passed away on January 17 at her home in Tiburon, California.

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The statement reads, "It is with great sadness we share that our beloved co-founder, Jean Ann Ford, has passed away."

It continues,

Jean leaves behind a makeup dynasty, a legacy of creativity and the belief that 'laughter is the best cosmetic.'

As for the cause of death, she reportedly died after a long battle with cancer.

Jean co-founded Benefit, then a small makeup shop, 'The Face Place' in San Francisco’s Mission District, in 1976. She initially embarked on a modeling career but later decided to become an entrepreneur at the age of 29.

Jean is survived by her identical twin, Jane Ford; her daughters Ann Ford Danielson and Maggie Ford Danielson; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services for the late businesswoman will be announced in the coming days. Rest in Peace Jean Ann Ford!

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