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Based on a true story, this compelling drama relates the difficulties of a young woman married to a Japanese diplomat during World War II, victim of suspicion and animosity from her husband's government.
In this story, Harlow starts in the movies as set dressing, the pretty girl who is used for the glamour shots. Refusing to descend to the casting couch for work, she finds that she is soon blacklisted from the industry. But an agent named Arthur sees something in Jean and begins representing her. For a long time, the jobs are scarce and consist mostly of receiving the pie in the face in low budget comedies. But Arthur's belief in Jean never wavers and when she finally graduates to featured roles, the critics say that she cannot act, but she is unforgettable. Polishing the image as the girl next door, but with some fire, she begins her climb to the top and becomes the girl every woman wants to look like and every man wants to have. But her own life is a disaster - unlike her screen life.Written by
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She's beyond help, Mrs. Bello.
She was only 26.
Pneumonia is somethig we haven't conquered.
She didn't die of pneumonia. She died of life. She gave it all to everyone else, and there wasn't enough left for her.
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Angela Lansbury made a sympathetic Mama Jean, and Red Buttons was fairly tolerable, but otherwise, this movie stank. I usually take these "true Hollywood" stories with a grain of salt, and just enjoy the spectacle, but this film truly offended me. Carroll Baker, fleetingly believable as some sort of actress, primarily posed and looked lovely, but evoked nothing of Harlow. The screenpplay reeked of cliche and carelessness with historical fact. Harlean deserved far better.
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