Jean Harlow

I was just thinking about Jean Harlow and thought I’d give her a little shout out. I’ve read a few biographies about the star over the years and can never get over her early departure from the world. There are some obnoxious, sensationalized stories, but the gist is that she died at 26 years of age from kidney issues that could be quickly diagnosed and cured today. So sad.

Harlow was a great comedienne. It takes a clever woman to play a riveting “dumb blonde” and Jean Harlow was such a genius at her craft. Her body of work for a 26 year old is pretty phenomenal. She’d started to take on some roles that were beyond the blonde and I imagine she would have been part of some amazing projects if she hadn’t fallen ill.

If you are interested in watching some of her films, I recommend: Libeled Lady (with Myrna Loy, William Powell and Spencer Tracy!), Bombshell, Red-Headed Woman (pre-code!), The Public Enemy, Red Dust, Riffraff and Dinner at Eight.

4 Responses to “Jean Harlow”
  1. hila says:

    I always associate her in my mind with cool, classic Hollywood – both the lure of Hollywood in it’s ‘golden era’, and its somewhat disturbing use of women’s bodies (if you know what I mean). Also, doesn’t her hair look absolutely icy?

    • Jen McCabe says:

      Like Marilyn Monroe, she was actually very shy and bookish. I hate that she went through such an awful illness. She really should’ve had a better life–I know she would have just gotten more and more interesting over the years.

  2. Detär Kärleken says:

    Love William Powell and Myrna Loy!!! Love this article as well, will have to check out ‘Libeled Lady’