Jean Harlow (I) (1911–1937)


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Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles, not long after they ... See full bio »

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Known For

Bombshell Lola Burns
(1933)
Libeled Lady Gladys Benton
(1936)
Dinner at Eight Kitty Packard
(1933)
Suzy Suzy Trent
(1936)

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 1937 Saratoga
Carol Clayton
 1937 Personal Property
Crystal Wetherby
 1936 Libeled Lady
Gladys Benton
 1936 Suzy
Suzy Trent
 1936 Wife vs. Secretary
Helen (Whitey) Wilson
 1936 Riffraff
Hattie Muller
 1935 China Seas
China Doll
 1935 Reckless
Mona Leslie
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Edith (Eadie) Chapman
 1933 Bombshell
Lola Burns
 1933 Dinner at Eight
Kitty Packard
 1933 Hold Your Man
Ruby
 1932 Red Dust
Vantine
 1932 Red-Headed Woman
Lil Andrews
 1932 Scarface
Blonde at Paradise Club (uncredited)
 1932 The Beast of the City
Daisy Stevens
 1932 Three Wise Girls
Cassie Barnes
 1931 Beau Hunks (Short)
Jeanie Weenie - in Photo (uncredited)
 1931 Platinum Blonde
Ann Schuyler
 1931 Goldie
Goldie
 1931 Iron Man
Rose Mason
 1931 The Public Enemy
Gwen Allen
 1931 The Secret 6
Anne Courtland
 1931 City Lights
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
 1930 Hell's Angels
Helen
 1929 New York Nights
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1929 Weak But Willing (Short)
Blonde Night Club Patron (uncredited)
 1929 This Thing Called Love
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 The Love Parade
Woman in Opera Box (uncredited)
 1929 The Saturday Night Kid
Hazel (uncredited)
 1929 Bacon Grabbers (Short)
Mrs. Kennedy
 1929 Masquerade
Spectator (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1929 Thundering Toupees (Short)
 1929 Double Whoopee (Short)
Swanky Blonde
 1929 The Unkissed Man (Short) (uncredited)
 1929 Close Harmony
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1929 Why Is a Plumber? (Short)
 1929 Why Be Good?
Blonde on Rooftop Bench at Junior's Second Party (uncredited)
 1929 Fugitives
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 Liberty (Short)
Woman in Cab (as Harlean Carpenter)
 1928 Chasing Husbands (Short)
Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
 1928 Moran of the Marines
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1928 Honor Bound
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Other Works:

Novel: "Today is Tonight". NOTE: She wrote the novel while on a salary strike from MGM. It wasn't published until 1965 (paperback by Dell Publishing). She claimed that the story came to her almost complete in a dream, and that she felt compelled to write it. Yet, after completing the manuscript, she didn't publish it (it's possible ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 14 Articles | 20 Pictorials | 49 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Harlean Carpenter

Height:

5' 1½" (1.56 m)
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Personal Quote:

I was not a born actress. No one knows it better than I. If I had any latent talent, I have had to work hard, listen carefully, do things over and over and then over again in order to bring it out. See more »

Trivia:

At the time of her death she was suffering from kidney failure that was causing her limbs to swell up with water, making her considerably heavier. Co-star Clark Gable noticed this when they filmed a scene for her last film, Saratoga (1937), that required him to lift her into the upper berth in a Pullman car. He complained that she weighed more and was therefore harder for him to lift than she had... See more »

Trademark:

Skinny eyebrows arched to the extreme and sometimes painted high upon her forehead See more »

Nickname:

The Blonde Bombshell See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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