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Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow
circa 1930
Personal information
Birth nameHarlean Harlow Carpenter
Birth dateMarch 3, 1911
Place of birthKansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Date of deathJune 7, 1937(age 26)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1928 1937
SpouseCharles McGrew (1927 1929) (divorced)
Paul Bern (1932) (his death)
Harold Rosson (1933 1934) (divorced)

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Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde" (due to her platinum blonde hair), Harlow was ranked as one of the greatest movie stars of all time by the American Film Institute. Harlow starred in several films, mainly designed to showcase her magnetic sex appeal and strong screen presence, before making the transition to more developed roles and achieving massive fame under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Harlow's enormous popularity and "laughing vamp" image were in distinct contrast to her personal life, which was marred by disappointment, tragedy, and ultimately her sudden death from renal failure at age 26.


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