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The Great Greasepaint

Groucho Marx

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Groucho's greasepaint mustache was largely a creation of convenience. When he worked in Vaudeville, he hated ripping off prop mustaches.
Groucho Marx/Library of Congress

Groucho Marx

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When he and his brother split up, Groucho retired the greasepaint. By the time he was hosting his landmark TV show, You Bet Your Life, in the 1950s, he simply appeared on camera with his own graying facial hair.

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