t’s 1972 in New York and after travelling around America with her family for some weeks, a then 18-year-old Mary Greenwell announces to her father that she wants to stay there rather than return to England. “I wanted to escape my very beautiful, very proper and very upper-middle-class upbringing. It was just after the hippie movement and I really wanted to be in California.”
Talking on the phone with Mary now, with her beautifully eloquent and energetic voice, it’s almost impossible to fathom that before becoming the revered makeup artist to the stars, Mary was “very shy with no confidence and no voice.”
Her father drove her down to immigration to get her passport stamped, armed her with £300, equal to £4000 in today’s economy, and said see you in three weeks or so. Needless to say, Mary had other intentions and stayed in America for nearly a decade.