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Jean Harlow

Actress Jean Harlow

Full Name: Harlean Carpentier
Profession: Actress

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Jean Harlow was the original Hollywood 'blond bombshell' and set a template for others such as Marilyn Monroe to follow.

Harlow began making movies while just a teenager. She made her name as a striking bottle blonde with a forthright sexuality, appearing such pre-code films as the Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels" (1930) and "The Public Enemy" (1931) opposite James Cagney.

In later films Harlow show more comedic wise-cracking talent in such films as "Red Dust" (1931), one of a number of films she made with Clark Gable. Harlow's career was tragically cut short in 1937 when she died of a kidney disease aged just 26.

Born: March 3, 1911
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: June 7, 1937 (aged 26)
Cause of Death: A gallbladder infection

Married Life

  • 1932-07-02 Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)

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