|Also Known As: ||
||June 7, 1937
||March 3, 1911
||Cause of Death:
||cerebral edema brought on by kidney disease
||Kansas City, Missouri, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Briefly moved to California from the Midwest with her mother
Began playing bit parts in Laurel and Hardy shorts and such features as "The Saturday Night Kid"
Attracted attention with a role in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels" as a vamp who comes between two brothers during WWI
Signed MGM contract; assured star status with films "Red-Headed Woman" and "Red Dust"
Made exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars
Co-authored novel "Today is Tonight" with Carey Wilson (published 1965)
Went on strike for better roles and better salary
Legally changed name to Jean Harlow, abandoned her famous platinum blonde hair for her natural honey blonde
Last film, "Saratoga"
Was the subject of two inaccurate feature film biopics of her life; both films were named "Harlow"; she was played by Carol Lynley in one and by Carroll Baker in the other
Was the subject of a TV biography aired on TNT and hosted by actress Sharon Stone, "Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell"