Who remembers Jean Harlow?
Before the days of Madonna and Marilyn Monroe, the “Original Blonde Bombshell” made her mark on Hollywood and the world, leaving behind a new image of the Hollywood sex goddess.
Harlean Carpenter, later known as Jean Harlow, was born on March 3, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, and died on June 7th 1937.
Although she would sadly only live to age 26, Jean achieved a great deal of success during her lifetime.
Jean displayed talent in both her sensual and comedic performances, but she initially captivated fans with her trendsetting platinum blonde hair. As she gained fame, peroxide sales in the United States skyrocketed, and if you remember when Madonna first came out every girl wanted to dress up like her.
Jean was born the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. Jean’s mother, known as Mother Jean, had dreams of becoming an actress, which led her to divorce her husband and move to Hollywood with her young daughter. Jean’s mother never allowed her to see her father; however Jean would sneak visits with him throughout her life. Mother Jean soon remarried a man named Marino Bello and the family moved to Chicago, where Jean attended high school.
Poor health afflicted Jean throughout her childhood. At age five, she contracted meningitis and suffered from scarlet fever at age 15. Jean left home at age 16 to marry 23-year-old Charles McGrew. Shortly after the wedding the couple left Chicago and moved to Beverly Hills.
Jean’s true aspiration in life was to be a wife and mother. However she sought work as an extra in films to please her mother.
Although at first Jean was not interested in making films, she received her first role in, 1927 entitled, ‘Why is a Plumber?’
When the movie became an instant hit, her marriage steadily declined and two out grew each other which is why she divorced her husband after two years, as her career blossomed into being well-known movie star.
Today’s YouTube video clip brought to you by user name, 24fpsfan, from Tuner Classic Movie Channel, gives you a little detail of the late Jean Harlow personal life and career.
Following the end of her marriage, Jean found the love of her life in actor William Powell. They were together for two years, however before they could wed, and Jean’s health declined.
While filming Saratoga in 1937, Jean was hospitalized with uremic poisoning and kidney failure, a result of the scarlet fever she had suffered during childhood. In the days before dialysis and kidney transplants, nothing could be done and Jean died on June 7, 1937.
In 1935 Jean Harlow legally changed her name to Jean Harlow, to accompany her escalating career, using her mother’s maiden name, and the rest is history!
In lieu of today’s story the term Silver Screen came from a type of projection screen that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry and passed into popular usage as a metonym for the cinema industry. The term silver screen comes from the actual silver (or similarly reflective aluminum) content embedded in the material that made up the screen’s highly reflective surface, which is why the Hollywood glamour era always referred to screen legends like Jean Harlow as a Sliver Screen actress.
Now that isn’t that interesting?
What a blonde bomb shell she was as remember her talent today and not her death, to the silver screen siren actress named Jean Harlow.
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