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Jean Harlow (I) (1911–1937)


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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The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy Gwen Allen
(1931)
Libeled Lady
Libeled Lady Gladys
(1936)
Suzy
Suzy Suzy Trent
(1936)
Red Dust
Red Dust Vantine
(1932)

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 1937 Saratoga
Carol Clayton
 1936 Suzy
Suzy Trent
 1932 Red Dust
Vantine
 1932 Red-Headed Woman
Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre
 1932 Scarface
Blonde at Paradise Club - Cameo appearance in nightclub (uncredited)
 1931 Beau Hunks (Short)
Jeanie Weenie - in Photo (uncredited)
 1931 Goldie
Goldie
 1931 Iron Man
Rose Mason
 1931 City Lights
Diner in Restaurant Scene (uncredited)
 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 (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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Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 12 Articles | 20 Pictorials | 48 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Harlean Carpenter

Height:

5' 1½" (1.56 m)
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Personal Quote:

Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long. See more »

Trivia:

She was at a dinner party and continuously addressed Margot Asquith (wife of British prime minister Herbert Asquith) as "Margot", pronouncing the "T". Margot finally had enough and said to her, "No, Jean, the 'T' is silent, like in 'Harlow'.". See more »

Trademark:

Often played the wisecracking platinum blonde

Nickname:

Baby See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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