Jean Harlow

Born 3 March 1911. Died 7 June 1937
Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow Biography (Wikipedia)

Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s.

Harlow was signed by billionaire producer Howard Hughes, who directed her first major appearance in Hell's Angels (1930), but she left her contract with Hughes and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1932. After a series of critically unsuccessful films, Harlow became a leading lady, starring in a string of hits, including Red Dust (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Reckless (1935), and Suzy (1936). Harlow's popularity rivaled and soon surpassed that of MGM colleagues Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. By the late 1930s, she was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde," she was popular for her "Laughing Vamp" movie persona.

Harlow died at age 26 during the 1937 filming of Saratoga. The film was completed using body doubles and released a little over a month after Harlow's death. The American Film Institute ranked her as the 22nd greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.

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