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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Happy 100th birthday, Jean!

Jean Harlow

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! ♥

1 comment:

  1. I'm certain that much like Lauren Bacall, Jean would have continued to have a career straight into her golden years. And she would have aged beautifully as well since she was known for taking very good care of herself. What an unfair life, yet she beautifully lives on in her many films (I love Dinner at Eight). Whatever you do, don't bother watching "Harlow", the biopic made in 1965. Useless, inaccurate tripe that only serves to mar the memory of her. Some great photos of her here:


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