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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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 1937 Saratoga
Carol Clayton
 1936 Libeled Lady
Gladys
 1936 Suzy
Suzy Trent
 1936 Riffraff
Hattie
 1935 China Seas
China Doll
 1935 Reckless
Mona Leslie
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Eadie
 1933 Hold Your Man
Ruby
 1932 Red Dust
Vantine
 1932 Red-Headed Woman
Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre
 1932 Scarface
Blonde at Paradise Club - Cameo appearance in nightclub (uncredited)
 1932 Three Wise Girls
Cassie Barnes
 1931 Goldie
Goldie
 1931 Iron Man
Rose Mason
 1931 The Secret Six
Anne
 1931 City Lights
Extra in Restaurant Scene (uncredited)
 1929 New York Nights
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1929 Weak But Willing (Short) (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?
Bit Part (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" Written sometime around 1934, 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 that MGM quashed her ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 8 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 20 Pictorials | 47 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:

In the 1933 Hollywood satire Bombshell (1933) Harlow is known as "the If girl" -- a spoof loosely based on 1920s sex symbol and "It girl" Clara Bow. See more »

Trademark:

Wise-cracking platinum blonde

Nickname:

The Platinum Blonde See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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