Monday, May 21 — As she surveyed the audience of 800 at the 40th annual Fragrance Foundation Awards, host Jane Lynch—star of the hit TV series Glee—said dryly, “Selecting me as host makes perfect sense, because when you think of a sexy, delicate and floral fragrance, you think, ‘Jane Lynch.’” Lynch’s trademark humor opened an evening that had its comic moments—“Because I play Sue Sylvester on Glee, I think people must think I smell like a boys’ locker room,” she said later in the program. “I would have loved to have made that fragrance, but unfortunately Kim Kardashian owns the copyright.” The night also proved to be unusually moving. When an emotional Leonard Lauder watched a video tribute to his late wife, Evelyn Lauder—who was given the Legacy of Excellence award honoring her contributions to the industry as senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos. and founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation—he chokedup, saying to the crowd, “You are carrying on her legacy. You are making women feel beautiful and be beautiful.”

This story first appeared in the June 15, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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