By and  on May 22, 2012

NEW YORK — Jane Lynch surveyed the crowd at the 40th annual Fragrance Foundation Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center, before pitching her own fragrance from the stage: “Because I play Sue Sylvester on ‘Glee,’ I think people must think I smell like a boys’ locker room,” said Lynch. “I would have loved to have made that fragrance, but unfortunately Kim Kardashian owns the copyright.” Neither did Marc Jacobs escape Lynch’s humor: “Why is it that singers always come out with fragrances, but Marc Jacobs has yet to drop an album?”

The anniversary event had its comic moments, including a prolonged technical glitch that provided a bit of impromptu theater. But the humor quickly turned to pathos when Leonard A. Lauder stepped to the microphone to accept the Legacy of Excellence award given posthumously to his late wife, Evelyn Lauder, who was senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. After watching a tribute video, the intensity of feeling apparently proved too much for him and in stepped Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development for the Estée Lauder Cos. “What Leonard would like to say is thank you for this gift and this recognition,” said Khoury. “The love and the support that you have shown to us and to Evelyn means more than we can say. The pride Evelyn took in her success as a fragrance creator makes this evening and recognition especially touching and meaningful. We thank the foundation’s board of directors for taking a moment during this evening’s celebration to celebrate Evelyn’s unique vision and passion.”

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