|Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937)|
July 30, 1933 supplement from The Philadelphia Record
Jean Harlow was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911.
The daughter of a successful dentist, she had a comfortable upbringing. But teenage
rebellion got the better of her and when she was 16 when she ran away from home and
eloped with a young Kansas businessman by the name of Charles McGrew.
The couple relocated to Los Angeles, where Jean's natural beauty and ease in front
of the camera led to some work as an extra in movies. Jean soon caught the acting
bug and over the next couple of years she was able to make a living on bit parts. However
her marriage to McGrew was a disaster and they divorced after 2 years. Jean then threw
all her energies into pursuing an acting career.
In 1930 she landed a dream role in a big budget movie called "Hell's Angels".
The movie was a hit, and Jean became MGM's newest starlet - complete with her own
$60,000 contract. With her sassy attitude and voluptuous figure she became the ultimate
object of desire for red blooded males across the globe. In 1931 MGM paired Jean with Clark
Gable. The duo were terrific together, creating an unforgettable onscreen chemistry, and
they wound up doing a total of six films together.
Tragedy struck Harlow twice while paired with Gable. During the filming of their second movie,
"Red Dust," Jean received the news that her second husband of only a few weeks, Paul
Bern, had apparently committed suicide. Then during the filming of their sixth movie,
"Saratoga," Jean was hospitalized and diagnosed with uremic poisoning. Ten days later a
shocked world heard the news that she was dead.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Sunday, July 30, 1933
Pauline and Nadine and I went up to the church on 27th and Prospect. I read my magazine today.