Before Marilyn there was Jean. Jean Harlow, born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911, was the Original Blonde Bombshell and goddess of the silver screen in the 1930′s. She lived such a short life (26 years), but her career and gutsy over the top style had a huge impact on Hollywood. When I look at pictures or clips of Jean Harlow, I see a sassy, glamorous firecracker with an “I dare you” attitude. I’ve been wanting to do an all gold glam piece for a while. This piece seemed like the perfect candidate. Painted in layers of gold, glazed with Shabby Paints “Vibrant Gold” Glaze and finished off with Hazlenut ReVax also from Shabby Paints.
Some interesting facts about Jean Harlow via Imdb.com
– She was the idol of Marilyn Monroe
, who backed out of a biographical picture on her life. After reading the script, Monroe reportedly told her agent, “I hope they don’t do that to me after I’m gone.” Both Harlow and Monroe co-starred in their last films with Clark Gable, Harlow in Saratoga
(1937) and Monroe in The Misfits
– Harlow was photographed nude at age 17 by Hollywood photographer Edward Bower Hesser in Griffith Park in 1928.
– Harlow went on a salary strike from MGM in 1934, during which she wrote a novel, “Today is Tonight.” The book was not published until 1965.
– Her final film, Saratoga
(1937), became the highest grossing film of 1937 and set all-time house records, due almost entirely to her untimely death.
– The premiere of her first feature film, Hell’s Angels
(1930), on May 27, 1930, drew an estimated crowd of 50,000 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The film also has an expensive eight-minute two-color Technicolor sequence – the only color footage of Harlow that exists.
– Harlow is ranked #22 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Legends” list in June 1999.
– She was the very first film actress to grace the cover of Life magazine in May 1937.- Was the godmother of Millicent Siegel, daughter of the notorious mobster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel
– Dated the notorious mobster Abner “Longy” Zwillman, who secured a two-picture deal for Harlow with Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures by loaning Cohn $500,000 in cash. He also purchased her a jeweled charm bracelet and a red Cadillac.
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