Jean Harlow: 3rd March 1911 (Kansas City, Missouri) - 7th June 1937 (Los Angeles, California)
Today, 3rd March 2011, marks the 100 birthday mark of Baby Harlean Harlow Carpenter who became a star in Hollywood as Jean Harlow, born 3rd of March 1911 to Dr. Montclair and Mrs. Carpenter-Harlow.
"MGM writer Harry Ruskin recalled: 'The day "the baby" died there wasn't one sound in the commissary for three hours... not one goddamn sound." That's from Dina-Marie Kulzer's overview of a life cut short in 1937 by kidney failure. Jean Harlow was all of 26, but she'd appeared in 36 films and — a first for any movie actress — on the cover of LIFE. She would have turned 100 today and to celebrate, the Kitty Packard Pictorial is hosting a rich and varied blogathon running through Sunday.
By the way, out this week from Warner Home Video and TCM's new series of four-title DVD packages is TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Jean Harlow, featuring Dinner at Eight (1933), Libeled Lady (1936), China Seas (1935) and Wife Vs Secretary (1936). TCM also wants Angelenos to know that on Sunday, Darrell Rooney and Mark A Vieira, authors of Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, will be at the Egyptian Theater, where there'll be a slide show and a screening of Bombshell (1933)". Source: mubi.com
In "Wife vs Secretary", Clark Gable, a successful publisher, is involved in an adulterous affair with his curvaceous secretary, Jean Harlow (who turns in a scene-stealing performance and not as a sex-pot). Mirna Loy, who plays Gable's wife is disappointed that he doesn't immediately remember it's their anniversary.
A video dedicated to the first Platinum Blonde Bombshell: Jean Harlow, in her 100th Anniversary. Songs "I want your love" by Transvision Vamp and "The Jean Genie" by David Bowie
"A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers
Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
Talking 'bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
New York's a go-go and everything tastes nice
Poor little Greenie, woh ho
Get back home" -"The Jean Genie" by David Bowie
"I don't want your books on Marilyn or Bobby D
I don't want your records, your pictures
Or anything, I want your funky love
I don't want your money, I want your love
I don't want your stars, I want your aahhh!
I want your love" -"I want your love" by Transvision Vamp