Well, to make a long story short, Estee Lauder was Jewish!
Since Estee Lauder's mother was Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes her Jewish. Her father was Jewish too.
Estee Lauder (whose full birth name was Josephine Esther Mentzer) was born on July 1, 1906 in Corona, Queens, New York City. Estee Lauder passed away on April 24, 2004 (aged 95).
Lauder co-founded the cosmetics company Estee Lauder with her husband, Joseph Lauter (later Lauder).
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