Jean Harlow was the unchallenged sex symbol of 1930's Hollywood. With bottle-blonde hair and a sizzling figure, she burned up the big screen. Take a smoldering look at the life of the dynamic blonde who blazed the trail for Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Rare home movies and extensive interviews with two of Harlowís closest confidantes help tell the real story of one of the screenís first sirens. She started in the 1920's playing comedic bit parts, but she soon earned the favor of critics and fans alike by using her beauty and brains to score at the box office in films like Hell's Angels and Dinner At Eight. Excerpts from these and other films highlight the talent that would might have made her one of the Hollywoodís biggest stars of all time had she not died tragically at 26. Explore the life and legacy of one of Americaís first true sex symbols.
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Jean Harlow had 3 husbands, at least 2 prominent hair colors, and 1 incredibly sad ending to her life, all by age 26. This Biography stands out for its interviews with a biographer; producer David O. Selznick's secretary, who befriended the young actress; the hairdressers who created what they claim was Hollywood's first platinum bomb; people who worked behind the scenes with her on movies and adored her; and her friends, including actress Maureen Sullivan, who recalls the sex symbol saying, "I care nothing for my body." The once-forgettable actress is shown as she transforms into a talent who sizzles onscreen with Clark Gable, all the while being taken advantage of by studio bosses and her ever-present mother. Peter Graves's smooth narration and the production's attention to detail bring to life the long-ago era of Harlow and do much to explain the lingering mysteries surrounding the suicide of her second husband and her early death. It's People magazine meets the 1930s, and it's spellbinding. --Valerie J. Nelson
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