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Bette Graham, inventor of Liquid Paper, concocted her original correction fluid, called “Mistake Out,” using her electric mixer in her Dallas kitchen. When she died in 1980 at age 56, her estate was worth about $50 million.

Born in San Antonio in 1924, Bette Clair McMurray dreamed of becoming an artist, but World War II changed her plans. She left high school and married her sweetheart; when the war ended, her marriage did, too. Bette Nesmith was on her own, a single mother with a son to support.

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