Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow
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Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow

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In 1930, after the public had seen Jean Harlow in Howard Hughe's World War I air ace epic, Hell's Angels, the nation's beauty parlors were jammed with women demanding to be transformed into "platinum blondes." The phrase was invented by a studio press agent, and the look was the work of Hollywood's newest, most explosive bombshell.

Her birth and upbringing were prosaic enou

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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Abbeville Press (first published October 1991)
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Dawn (& Ron)
A wonderful, even handed biography of the woman and the star, not the salacious made up version responsible for tainting her reputation for generations. Her all too short life was interesting and compelling enough, without the need for any embellishment.

Harlean is treated here with respect and yes, at times, the reader can see the author's love of her subject sneaking onto the pages. Golden shows us a woman before her time, comfortable in her own skin, able to make fun of her blonde bombshell i...more
Samantha Glasser
Jean Harlow was a bright star at MGM in the 1930s, a sex symbol who starred in some of the best films of the period. She was loved by her co-workers and she lived a busy life, with three husbands, one whose life ended in scandal, and a complicated relationship with her mother and step-father. She died suddenly at age 26 due to uremic poisoning from kidney failure.

I had read David Stenn's Bombshell prior to reading this, and while they have similar information, I felt that this book was superior...more
Linda Boyd
Much more sympathetic towards Jean Harlow than the inferior Irving Shulman book. Recreates the tensions surrounding the actress in her dealings with the MGM Studio sytem and an over-bearing mother at times pushing her too hard. Inspired me to watch the films which although dated are an interesting insight to the themes and ideals of Hollywood cinema in the 1930s.
Sheila
Clears away rumors and misconceptions about Jean Harlow and provides a fresh look at her career and life.
Nancy L.
Great bio of Harlow - Eve Golden's a gifted writer.
Laurel Beth
Jeannie's graves' a mirror too
If there's a reflection it's out of true
Burn color film if the snow don't debut
We want your pills, virtue, the booze pas de deux.

The worlds a set piece but Jeannie knew
"It's time to die in bed with the flu"
& when the men cried, the girls just "achoo"
The mirror's a weapon, oh Jeannie, I'm through.
Lisa N
very interesting book. I learned a ton!
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Eve Golden is a biographer whose work focuses on American silent film, theater and early twentieth century actresses.
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