March 3, 1911 - June 7, 1937
The blonde bombshell of the '30s, Harlean Harlow Carpenter, better known as Jean Harlow, would have the been celebrating her 100th birthday today. She starred in films such as Platinum Blonde, Hell's Angels, Dinner at Eight, Red Dust, Libeled Lady and was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of the 20th century. Like Carole Lombard, James Dean and, sadly, many others, Harlean's oft unhappy life was cut tragically short at age 26 when she passed away from kidney failure. I often wonder whether she would have maintained her star status into the '40s had she lived and if today she would still be looked on as such an iconic figure. I like to think so because I have a special place in my heart for this dear, carefree, fun loving, beautiful woman.
Happy birthday, Jean! ♥