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Jean Harlow
Harlean Harlow Carpenter

(1911-03-03)March 3, 1911
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Died June 7, 1937(1937-06-07) (aged 26)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Cause of death Kidney failure
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1928–1937

Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress of the 1930s.

Harlow was signed by director Howard Hughes, and her first major appearance was in Hell's Angels (1930), followed by a series of critically unsuccessful films before she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1932. Harlow became a leading lady for MGM, starring in a string of hit films including Red Dust (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Reckless (1935), and Suzy (1936).

Harlow's popularity rivaled and soon surpassed that of her MGM colleagues Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. She had become one of the biggest movie stars in the world by the late 1930s, often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde"; she was also popular for her "Laughing Vamp" movie persona.

Personal life

Jean Harlow Grave
The crypt of Jean Harlow, in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale

Harlow was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She studied at Miss Barstow's Finishing School for Girls in Kansas City. Harlow was married to Charles McGrew in 1927. They divorced in 1930. On July 2, 1932 she married Paul Bern. On September 13, 1933 she married Harold Rosson. They divorced on March 11, 1934. She had no children.

Harlow died at age 26 during the 1937 filming of Saratoga in Los Angeles, California. The film was completed using body doubles and released a little over a month after Harlow's death. The American Film Institute ranked her as the 22nd greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in the Great Mausoleum in a private room of multicolored marble which William Powell bought for $25,000.

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