Kenneth Battelle | Star hairdresser, 86

Posted: May 15, 2013

Kenneth Battelle, 86, the hairdresser who gave both Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe their calling-card hairdos in the 1950s and '60s, died Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Kevin Lee, creative director of Mr. Battelle's company, said the hairdresser would be remembered for "creating modern-day hair."

Mr. Battelle, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., made a splash in the worlds of fashion, celebrity, and socialites with his style of movement and shine instead of the stiffer looks popular with the previous generation.

He was one of the first hairdressers to launch a product line - and to be known almost exclusively by his first name.

- AP

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