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Vidal Sassoon

Vidal SassoonBorn: 17-Jan-1928
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 9-May-2012
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Celebrity hairstylist

Military service: Israeli Army

Vidal Sassoon spent six years in a Jewish orphanage in London after his father abandoned the family. When his mother remarried, the family re-united, and as Sassoon tells it, he had no interest in hair until he was 14, when his mother suggested he apply for a job sweeping floors at a salon. After dropping out of high school, Sassoon worked under Mr Teasy-Weasy, aka Raymond of Mayfair, aka Raymond Bessone, who was the most famous celebrity hairstylist of the 1950s. When Sassoon started his own salon, it soon spawned the trendiest looks of the 1960s. Sassoon invented the "bob" look in 1963, and pioneered geometric hairdos in 1966. He was paid $5,000 to fly across the Atlantic and create Mia Farrow's crewcut for Rosemary's Baby.

He was the official hairstylist of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and he hosted Your New Day, a stylish television show in the 1980s. He was the author of Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way. Peggy Moffitt, an early supermodel, said "Sassoon is to hair care what Picasso is to painting".

Sassoon was involved in a messy lawsuit against Procter & Gamble, the conglomerate that owns the right to market Sassoon's products in America. Sassoon maintained that P&G had allowed his name brand to slip to almost discount product status. In 1998, the corporation spent $34 million advertising Sassoon products in America; in 2002 they spent just $90,000.

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism was established at the University of Jerusalem in 1982.

Wife: Beverly Adams Sassoon (actress, Dream Girl of '67, m. 1986, div.)
Daughter: Catya Sassoon (model, b. 3-Sep-1968, d. 1-Jan-2002 ecstasy overdose)
Son: Elan Sassoon
Wife: Ronnie Sassoon (Procter & Gamble executive)

    Dean for America
    Gore 2000
    Hillary Clinton for President
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism
    Commander of the British Empire 2009

    Quality Balls (2-May-2013) · Himself
    Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (23-Apr-2010) · Himself

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Author of books:
Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way (1978)

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