Jean Harlow

Actress Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde" (owing to her platinum blonde hair), Harlow was ranked as one of the greatest movie stars of all time by the American Film Institute.
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Deceased
07 June 1937

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MUSIC REVIEW; Emily Bergl at the Oak Room - Review
NYTimes - over 6 years
Emily Bergl, an incandescent kewpie doll with a bright Betty Boop-inflected chirp, a defiant flounce and a sharp comedic edge, took the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel by storm on Tuesday evening. Her sensational show, “Kidding on the Square” may have played elsewhere, but arriving at the staid Oak Room it felt like a gust of fresh air
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Judd Winick On Catwoman, Batwing, and the DCnU - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 6 years
Kane, a frequent movie goer, also mentioned that Jean Harlow was a model for the design. The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she is known as The Cat. She is a sometimes-adversary
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Sybil Jason, child star and screen rival to Shirley Temple, dies at 83 - Washington Post
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“Among child actresses, Sybil Jason is to Shirley Temple as Jean Harlow is to Ann Harding: less wholesome but more refreshing,” Time magazine wrote in 1936. Ultimately, Ms. Jason could not dent Temple's popularity. There was speculation that ticket
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Missing Manila – but not its gossip - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 6 years
The actress was considered competition for the likes of Greta Garbo and other Hollywood sexpots like Mae West and Jean Harlow before the studios declared her box-office poison like Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. She found a lucrative career in
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Will HBO Arbuckle Bio Tell the Truth About Early Hollywood? - AVN News (press release)
Google News - over 6 years
Most people have heard of the on- and off-camera escapades of top stars Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow, but who knows that Joan Crawford was the life of the party in the '20s, drinking well into the night, engaging in countless affairs (including
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This religion promotes slacking off - Windsor Star
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Jean Harlow died of kidney failure just before finishing Saratoga. But so much of the movie was done that the producers were reluctant to abandon the project, so they got her stand-in, Mary Lees, to body double for the dead woman, with Paula Winslowe's
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EXCERPT; Excerpt - Rebels in Paradise - By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
NYTimes - over 6 years
Chapter One 1963: Andy and Marcel The seven-foot Elvis in the Ferus Gallery window was startling, even by Los Angeles standards. In the gallery's back room, paintings of Elizabeth Taylor, with her outsized red lips and slashes of bright blue eye shadow, greeted visitors. Andy Warhol was fixated on celebrities and it wouldn't be long before he would
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Ladies in red - Calgary Herald
Google News - over 6 years
Compare the plots of two Jean Harlow films. In Platinum Blonde (1931), she is her coy, shameless, ultra-light self, gussied up as a lofty-nosed socialite; the perfect stereotype. Three years later, in Red-Headed Woman? Holy hell
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Around Town: Cantinflas, Nicolas Pereda, Jean Harlow and more - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
A centenary celebration of a beloved Mexican film star and several anniversary screenings are among the highlights at LA's movie revival houses this week. The Cervantes Center of Arts and Letters is commemorating Mario Moreno, best known as Cantinflas,
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Around Town: Sean Penn, Jean Harlow, Seth Green and more - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
The American Cinematheque welcomes Sean Penn, the UCLA Film & Television Archive celebrates the naughty early films of Jean Harlow and actor and "Robot Chicken" co-creator Seth Green programs the New Beverly Cinema this week. Two-time Oscar-winning
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For the record - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
Jean Harlow: An article about Jean Harlow in the Aug. 2 Calendar section said that her film "Platinum Blonde" was released in 1930. It was released in 1931. USC athletics: In Bill Dwyre's column about USC Athletic Director Pat Haden in the July 30
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 6 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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The Storm Before the Calm - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 6 years
James Cagney and Jean Harlow in 'The Public Enemy' (1931). But someone was making money. While researching her two books on America's experiment in state-controlled movie morality, Laura Wittern-Keller of the Department of History at SUNY-Albany
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Putting the S&W, and Union Avenue Books, in Context - Knoxville Metro Pulse
Google News - over 6 years
When I think of art deco, I think of beauty-school stuff, bobbed hair and plucked eyebrows, eyeliner and mascara: Myrna Loy and Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow. It's easy to imagine them peering down from the S&W's shell-lined mezzanine or gliding up and
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Howard Hughes, Jean Peters, Terry Moore: Beauties and the Billionaire - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
In The Aviator, Howard Hughes is linked to four actresses: the aforementioned Katharine Hepburn, Jean Harlow, Ava Gardner, and Faith Domergue. (Hughes' 1920s marriage to socialite Ella Rice is ignored in the film.) In Beatty's project, Hughes will be
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Erotic Vagrancy, Anyone?
NYTimes - over 6 years
WASHINGTON WHETHER to wuther? I'm never in doubt. I'm obsessed with obsessions. Give me a book or a movie about lovers in the depths of a ''Wuthering Heights'' passion or a Proustian fixation, and I'm off to the moors with a box of madeleines. So my interest was aroused when I read that one of our most celebrated obsessive filmmakers was going to
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Erotic Vagrancy, Anyone? - New York Times
Google News - over 6 years
No doubt, Gwen Stefani did injustice to Jean Harlow. And even though she won an Oscar, Cate Blanchett's Kate Hepburn missed the regal fire of the real thing. Jill Clayburgh made a fine modern heroine in '70s movies, but couldn't fill Carole Lombard's
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Timeline
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    TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 25
    This may have contributed to her untimely death from kidney disease on June 7, 1937, at the age of 26.
    The film was released on July 23, 1937, less than two months after Harlow's death, and was a hit with audiences.
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    On May 20, 1937, while shooting Saratoga, Harlow began to complain of illness.
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    Production for Harlow's final film Saratoga, co-starring Clark Gable, was scheduled to begin filming in March 1937.
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    In January 1937, Harlow and Robert Taylor traveled to Washington, DC, to take part in fundraising activities associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's birthday, for the organization later known as the March of Dimes.
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  • 1934
    Age 22
    After her third marriage ended in 1934, Harlow met William Powell, another MGM star, and quickly fell in love.
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  • 1933
    Age 21
    From 1933 onward, Harlow was consistently voted one of the strongest box office draws in the United States, often outranking her fellow female colleagues at MGM in audience popularity polls.
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    By 1933, MGM realized the value of the Harlow-Gable team and paired them again in Hold Your Man (1933), which was also a box-office success.
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  • 1932
    Age 20
    In 1932, she starred in the comedy Red-Headed Woman, for which she received $1,250 a week.
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    Harlow officially joined the studio on April 20, 1932.
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    After initial reluctance, Thalberg agreed and, on March 3, 1932, Harlow's 21st birthday, Bern called her with the news that MGM had purchased her contract from Hughes for $30,000.
    Despite critical disparagement and poor roles, Harlow's popularity and following was large and growing and, in February 1932, the tour was extended by six weeks.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 19
    With no projects planned for Harlow, Hughes sent her to New York, Seattle, and Kansas City for Hell's Angels premieres. In 1931, loaned out by Hughes' Caddo Company to other studios, she gained more attention when she appeared in The Secret Six, with Wallace Beery and Clark Gable; Iron Man, with Lew Ayres and Robert Armstrong; and The Public Enemy, with James Cagney.
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    She was again an uncredited extra in the 1931 Charlie Chaplin film City Lights, though her appearance did not make the final cut.
  • 1929
    Age 17
    Hughes signed Harlow to a five-year, $100-per-week contract on October 24, 1929. Hell's Angels premiered in Hollywood on May 27, 1930, at Grauman's Chinese Theater, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1930 (besting even Greta Garbo's talkie debut in Anna Christie).
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    In late 1929, she was spotted by James Hall, an actor filming Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels.
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    She landed her first speaking role in 1929's The Saturday Night Kid, starring Clara Bow.
    In March 1929, however, she parted with Roach, who tore up her contract after Harlow told him, "It's breaking up my marriage, what can I do?" In June 1929, Harlow separated from her husband and moved in with her mother and Bello.
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    She had a co-starring role in Laurel and Hardy's short Double Whoopee in 1929, and went on to appear in two more of their films: Liberty and Bacon Grabbers (both 1929).
    The couple divorced in 1929.
  • 1928
    Age 16
    In December 1928, she signed a five-year contract with Hal Roach Studios for $100 per week.
  • 1927
    Age 15
    On January 18, 1927, Jean Carpenter also married her partner Bello, although Harlean was not present.
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  • 1926
    Age 14
    Each freshman was paired with a "big sister" from the senior class, and Harlean's big sister introduced her to 19-year-old Charles "Chuck" McGrew, heir to a large fortune, in the fall of 1926.
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  • 1925
    Age 13
    Harlean dropped out of school in the spring of 1925 when, finances dwindling, her mother and she moved back to Kansas City after Skip Harlow issued an ultimatum that he would disinherit his daughter if she did not return.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 10
    When her daughter was at school, Mother Jean became increasingly frustrated and filed for a divorce that was finalized, uncontested, on September 29, 1922.
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  • 1911
    Born
    Born on March 3, 1911.
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