Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an actress from the USA and a sex symbol Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde", she was popular for her "Laughing Vamp " screen persona. Harlow was in the film industry for only 9years, but she became one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, whose image in the public eye has endured.

Early life

Harlow was born as Harlean Harlow Carpenter in a house located at 3344 Olive Street in Kansas City, Missouri Her father, Mont Clair Carpenter (1877–1974), son of Abraham L. Carpenter and Dianna ( née Beal) was a dentist who attended dental school in Kansas City. He was from a working-class background. (en.wikipedia.org)

Harlow with her mother in 1934

Her mother, Jean Poe Carpenter (née Harlow; 1891–1958), was the daughter of wealthy real estate broker Skip Harlow and his wife, Ella Harlow (née Williams). In 1908, her father arranged her marriage to Mont Clair Carpenter. She was underage at the time and grew resentful and unhappy in the marriage, but they remained together living in a Kansas City house owned by her father. (en.wikipedia.org)

Harlean was called "The Baby", a nickname she was accustomed to that endured for the rest of her life. It was not until she was five years old that she learned her real name was Harlean when staff and students at Miss Barstow's Finishing School for Girls used the name. (en.wikipedia.org)

Harlean was always very close to her mother, who was extremely protective and was reported to have instilled a sense in her daughter that she owed everything she had to her; "She was always all mine!", Mama Jean said of her daughter in interviews. (en.wikipedia.org)

(Jean Carpenter was later known by "Mama Jean" when Harlean achieved star status as Jean Harlow.) When Harlean was at school, her mother filed for a divorce. On September 29, 1922, the uncontested divorce was finalized, giving sole custody of Harlean to her mother. Although Harlean loved her father, she did not see him often before her untimely death and he outlived her by thirty-seven years. (en.wikipedia.org)

  • While living in Los Angeles, Harlean befriended a young aspiring actress named Rosalie Roy. Not owning a car herself, Rosalie asked Harlean to drive her to Fox Studios for an appointment. While waiting for Rosalie, Harlean was noticed and approached by Fox executives, whom she told she was not interested. Nevertheless, she was given letters of introduction to Central Casting. A few days later, Rosalie Roy bet Harlean that she did not have the nerve to go in for an audition. Unwilling to lose a wager and pressed by her enthusiastic mother who had followed her daughter to Los Angeles by this time, Harlean went to Central Casting and signed in under her mother's maiden name, Jean Harlow. In December 1928, Harlean as Jean Harlow signed a five-year contract with Hal Roach Studios for $100 per week.

    She had small roles in the 1929 Laurel and Hardy shorts In late 1929, Harlow was spotted by Ben Lyon, an actor filming Howard Hughes's Hell's Angels another account gives Angel's head cameraman Arthur Landau as the man that spotted and suggested her to Hughes.

    Hughes was reshooting most of his originally silent film with sound and needed an actress to replace Greta Nissen, whose Norwegian accent was undesirable for her character. Harlow screen-tested for Hughes, who gave her the part and signed her to a five-year, $100-per-week contract on October 24, 1929.

    During filming, Harlow met MGM executive Paul Bern Harlow and Ben Lyon Hell's Angels premiered in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 27, 1930, and became the highest-grossing film of that year, besting even Greta Garbo's talkie debut in Anna Christie. Hell's Angels made Harlow an international star. Though she was popular with audiences, the critics were less than enthusiastic. (en.wikipedia.org)

    Died: (age 26) in Los Angeles, California, USA

    According to David Stenn's 1993 biography, Bombshell: the Life and Death of Jean Harlow, the celebrity's mother had her own self-serving reasons for telling MGM boss Louis B Mayer that she was withholding medicine from her daughter. But she wasn't telling the truth. Mother Jean, as Stenn describes her, called herself a Christian Scientist but "what she practised was not at all what her religion preached". (theguardian.com)

    The Right Chemistry: How Jean Harlow became a 'platinum blond' - Montreal Gazette (montrealgazette.com)

    When ammonia is mixed with hypochlorite bleach, there are some nasty compounds that can form, with chloramine, hydrazine and

  • hydrochloric acid among them.

    Whether this contributed to Harlow's health problems we will never know, but we do know that mixing ammonia with bleach is a bad idea.

    Indeed, hypochlorite bleach should never be combined with anything.

    Mixing it with any acid, whether that is vinegar or rust remover, produces potentially lethal chlorine gas.
    The sudden death of film star Jean Harlow - archive - The Guardian (theguardian.com)

    : Jean Harlow was the first of Hollywood's platinum blondes and appeared in film after film as the tough, wise-cracking, tempestuous young woman Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 10.21 EDT Hollywood, June 7.

    Miss Jean Harlow, the platinum-blonde film actress, died here today at the age of 26.

    Miss Harlow was working with Clark Gable on a film about horse racing entitled "Saratoga" when she was taken ill.

    Two of the recent films in which she starred were "Libelled Lady," with William Powell, and "China Seas," with Clark Gable and Wallace Beery.

    Her Career as a Film Star Jean Harlow, the film actress, whose death at the age of 26 is reported from Hollywood, was born in Chicago.
    Candy Darling, Where Were You the Night Jean Harlow Died? - Village Voice (villagevoice.com)

    We were seen around New York, Candy Darling and me, for a week or two we had a little whirl, a movie star and reporter in Alan Ladd trenchcoats sipping Singapore Slings at Daly's Dandelion, watching home movies at Taylor Mead's apartment Candy

    Lana Turner, the high priestess, blonde and pure, clad in scarlet, stockinged in gold, gilded, glittering, beautiful beyond belief.

    Candy Darling, the supreme package, blonde, glit­tering, gilded, beautiful beyond belief, high priestess, eternal virgin on the brink of rape, queen


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