NEW YORK — Funeral services will be held this morning for Clare Cain, a retired Elizabeth Arden Inc. executive who developed Elizabeth Taylor's landmark White Diamonds fragrance. She died at home in East Hampton, N.Y., Saturday, the day after her 73rd birthday, according to her daughter, Clare Farella. She had suffered a long battle with breast cancer.
In the early Nineties, Cain was one of the most productive and influential executives working in the American fragrance industry. As vice president of global fragrance development, she spearheaded the development of White Diamonds, which won a coveted FiFi award in 1992, and a number of other designer projects in the Arden stable.
"Clare had some of the great successes, especially Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds, and I'm going to miss her very much," said Joseph Spellman, who was executive vice president of marketing at Arden at the time and is now a special consultant at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.
Cain retired from Arden in 1996, ending an 18-year career with the company. Previously, she held similar positions at Revlon.
In addition to Farella, she is survived by another daughter, Maureen Cain; a son, Harold Cain, and two grandchildren, Nicole and Kaitlin Farella.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. this morning at Most Holy Trinity Church, 79 Buell Lane, in East Hampton, N.Y.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the East End Hospice.
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