Sharrie Williams

Sharrie Williams, heir to the Maybelline legacy, is Tom Lyle Williams great-niece and Evelyn Boecher Williams granddaughter. Growing up in their homes, and steward of the vast Maybelline archives, Williams tells the story of the birth of the Maybelline empire and reveals intimate and never-before-told details about the fascinating family dynasty behind it.

The Maybelline Book at has registered more than 3 million people from Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine and other nations. She has spoken to various online and print fashion magazines.

Sharrie is an award-winning speaker, Celebrity Columnist and author of The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It. She has been featured on Good Morning Arizona, Arizona TV The Morning Scramble, KCAL 9, CBS California and ABC 7, Chicago. She has also been featured in many online and print magazines in Canada, Australia and the UK. She is curently published in China, Spain, Poland and Estonia.

Speaking engagements include, Arizona Art Museum, Trune Book Club, Paradise Valley Book Club, Beverly Hills Women's Club, Laguna Beach Women's Club, Laguna Beach Playhouse, University Women's Club, Rotery Club, Newport Beach Women's Club, Santa Barbara PEO. The Maybelline Story has won, New York Best Beach Read - Runner up, Hollywood's Best New Author - Honorable Mention and a Pulitzer Prize entry memoir. She has also won several 1st Place awards by Toastmasters International. Sharrie Williams holds a BA in Psychology from Vanguard University in California as well as degrees in Screenwriting, Video Production and Public Speaking. She has been a Professional Speaker and Writer for over 35 years.

A bit of Sharrie's history:

When Sharrie married Gene Dorney in 1973, the groom had Evelyn, Bill and Tom Lyle's approval and the young couple was expected to go on and have a perfect life. Gene after all was a handsome, young attorney with with a bright future and Sharrie imagined her life would be one of perpetual entertaining in her beautifully decorated home, buying designer clothes from her father's designer dress store in Newport Beach's famous Fashion Island and playing the part of the young “Maybelline Queen” in waiting.

Then her grandmother, Evelyn, squandered her fortune, was murdered, and Sharrie's marriage ended.

Broken by the chain of frightening events, she sat in her art- deco living room holding her five-month-old baby, not knowing where to begin. Her addictive lifestyle had overshadowed loving relationships, shopping had replaced spiritual growth and drugs helped free her hungry heart.

After separating from her husband, she realized, with the help of a therapist, that money, glamour, food, alcohol, drugs, and superficial attention couldn’t replace what she was secretly yearning for. She was unable to look past her own reflection - until the mirror shattered and her life was in shreds. Her therapist told her It would take hard work to change the course she was on and reprogram old patterns of isolation, depression, addictions and loneliness. She could no longer live her life waiting to show up at the next event looking smashing, yet unapproachable.

Months of therapy turned into years, but eventually maturity forged a real person with meaningful values. Sharrie worked with a nutritionist who helped her clean up her bloodstream and taught her how to adhere to a healthy diet. She joined a woman’s support group where she was shocked to find out that people were inspired by her story. She joined a church and learned to participate in life and give back to the community. Journaling every day opened the door to something wonderful she didn’t know she had: intuition.

After 30 years of journaling, researching, and gathering pictures and documents from her family, she finished her book The Maybelline Story - a tribute to her family and the company behind it.


The History of Maybelliene