Image of Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow

1911-03-03 Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Image of Jean Harlow


Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American actress. Known for her portrayal of "bad girl" characters, she was the leading sex symbol of the early 1930s and one of the defining figures of the pre-Code era of American cinema. Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde", Harlow was popular for her "Laughing Vamp" screen persona. Though her screen persona changed dramatically during her career, one constant was her sense of humor. She was given superior movie roles to show off her looks and nascent comedic talent. Harlow was in the film industry for only nine years, but she became one of the biggest stars in the US, whose image in the public eye has endured. Harlow was consistently voted one of the strongest box office draws in the United States from 1933 onward, often surpassing that of MGM's top leading ladies, such as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. Her movies also continued to make huge profits at the box office even during the middle of the Depression. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Harlow No. 22 on its greatest female screen legends of classical Hollywood cinema list.


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Disclosure (archive footage) 2020-06-19
Discovering Jean Harlow Self (archive footage) 2015-12-01
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity Self (archive footage) 2009-11-29
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Various Roles (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Girl 27 Self (archive footage) 2007-07-27
Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema Self (archive footage) 2007-05-23
42nd Street: From Book to Screen to Stage Self (archive footage) 2006-03-21
Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public Self (archive footage) 2005-01-01
Judy Garland: By Myself Self (archive footage) 2004-02-25
Checking Out: Grand Hotel Self (archive footage) 2004-02-03
Los Angeles Plays Itself Gwen Allen in The Public Enemy (archive footage) 2004-07-28
Complicated Women Self (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies Self (archive footage) 2000-06-27
Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl Self (from The Saturday Night Kid [1929]) (archive footage) 1999-06-14
Sports on the Silver Screen Self (archive footage) 1997-03-16
The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful Self (archive footage) 1996-03-17
Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons Self (archive footage) 1995-01-01
The Casting Couch (archive footage) 1995-01-01
That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell Self (archive footage) 1993-02-06
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life Self (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Hollywood's Hidden Secrets (archive footage) 1987-01-01
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend Self (archive footage) 1986-04-19
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn Self (archive footage) 1986-03-09
Going Hollywood: The '30s (archive footage) 1984-01-01
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1983-02-25
That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Self (archive footage) 1975-08-06
That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Hollywood: The Dream Factory Self (archive footage) 1972-01-10
The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy 1967-12-01
The Love Goddesses (archive footage) 1965-03-03
The Big Parade of Comedy Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1961-12-31
The Golden Age of Comedy archive footage 1957-12-26
Screen Snapshots (Series 25, No. 1): 25th Anniversary Self (archive footage) 1945-09-06
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10) Self (archive footage) 1942-01-01
Personal Property Crystal Wetherby 1937-03-19
Saratoga Carol Clayton 1937-07-23
Riffraff Hattie 1936-01-03
Libeled Lady Gladys Benton 1936-10-09
Wife vs. Secretary Helen 'Whitey' Wilson 1936-02-28
Suzy Suzy 1936-07-20
China Seas Dolly 'China Doll' Portland 1935-08-09
Reckless Mona Leslie 1935-04-19
The Girl from Missouri Eadie 1934-08-03
Dinner at Eight Kitty Packard 1933-12-22
Bombshell Lola Burns 1933-10-13
Hold Your Man Ruby Adams 1933-06-30
The Beast of the City Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont 1932-02-13
Three Wise Girls Cassie Barnes 1932-02-10
Red Dust Vantine Jefferson 1932-10-22
Scarface Blonde at Paradise Club 1932-04-09
Red-Headed Woman Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre 1932-06-25
The Secret Six Anne Courtland 1931-04-18
The Public Enemy Gwen Allen 1931-04-23
Platinum Blonde Anne Schuyler 1931-10-31
Beau Hunks Jeanie Weenie - in Photo 1931-12-02
Iron Man Rose Mason 1931-04-29
Voice of Hollywood (Series 2, No. 3) Self 1931-12-31
Goldie Goldie 1931-06-27
The Love Parade Woman in Opera Box 1930-01-18
Hell's Angels Helen 1930-11-15
Why Is a Plumber? 1929-03-30
Weak But Willing Blonde Night Club Patron 1929-12-14
Thundering Toupees 1929-05-25
New York Nights Party Guest 1929-12-28
The Saturday Night Kid Hazel 1929-10-25
The Unkissed Man Patient 1929-04-27
Why Be Good? Blonde on Rooftop Bench at Junior's Second Party 1929-02-28
Bacon Grabbers Mrs. Kennedy 1929-10-19
This Thing Called Love Extra 1929-12-13
Masquerade Spectator 1929-07-14
Double Whoopee Swanky blonde 1929-05-18
Fugitives Extra (uncredited) 1929-01-27
Liberty Woman in cab (as Harlean Carpenter) 1929-01-26
Close Harmony Chorus Girl 1929-04-12
Honor Bound Extra 1928-04-29
Moran of the Marines Extra (uncredited) 1928-10-13
Chasing Husbands Bathing Beauty (uncredited) 1928-12-22