By Mary N. DiZazzo

Tinsel Town -- Where Memories are Paved in Gold

Ciao bella,

Everyone's a star while in Hollywood. On a recent trip there it truly made me realize that all those stars were just ordinary people at one time. They happened to excel at performance and that it's up to you and me that made them box office golden.

Driving through Hollywood in our cherry-red brand-new Mustang convertible, I felt like a star. Beauty and glam was everywhere.

Why, Max Factor has a beauty museum there with all the historic memorabilia tracing the evolution of Hollywood make-up in Los Angeles. He was the pioneer of motion picture cosmetics and actually encouraged make-up habits of women all over the world. His extraordinary talent became legend and folklore of Hollywood, known to transform average-looking women into great beauties.

You can readily find anywhere the wonderful cosmetic products by Max Factor --Still going strong.

In 1935 he staged a unique "premiere" for his new make-up salon where 8,000 people attended. The large screen star autograph collection and portraits of the many glamorous movie stars say it all. The building that is now the Max Factor Beauty Museum was purchased by him in 1928. He eventually remodeled it on a grand scale in the Regency-Moderne style.

Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

Have you missed any of Mary's columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on her website She is a third-generation cosmetologist and owner of Mary for Nails, etc. natural nailcare salon in Andover, and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183. She also sees select clients by appointment in Boston at (617) 742-6881.