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  • BIRTH 03/03/1911
  • DEATH 07/06/1937
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 26

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.

Jean Harlow

Movies (26)

Scarface
Scarface
Blonde at Paradise Club
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard…
Self (archive footage)
China Seas
China Seas
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in…
Various Roles (archive footage)
Hell's Angels
Hell's Angels
Helen
Girl 27
Girl 27
Self (archive footage)
The Beast of the City
The Beast of the City
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont
Liberty
Liberty
Woman in cab (as Harlean Carpenter)
Screen Snapshots (Series 25, No. 1): 25th Anniversary
Screen Snapshots (Series 25, No. 1): 25th…
Self (archive footage)
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell
Self (archive footage)
Wife vs. Secretary
Wife vs. Secretary
Helen 'Whitey' Wilson
Double Whoopee
Double Whoopee
Swanky blonde
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
Self (archive footage)
Suzy
Suzy
Suzy
Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons
Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons
Self (archive footage)
Dinner at Eight
Dinner at Eight
Kitty Packard
Beau Hunks
Beau Hunks
Jeanie Weenie - in Photo
Sports on the Silver Screen
Sports on the Silver Screen
Self (archive footage)
Red Dust
Red Dust
Vantine Jefferson
The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
Gwen Allen
Red-Headed Woman
Red-Headed Woman
Lillian 'Lil' / 'Red' Andrews Legendre
Bacon Grabbers
Bacon Grabbers
Mrs. Kennedy
Platinum Blonde
Platinum Blonde
Anne Schuyler
Iron Man
Iron Man
Rose Mason
Bombshell
Bombshell
Lola Burns
Discovering Jean Harlow
Discovering Jean Harlow
Self (archive footage)