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Eve Golden PLATINUM GIRL THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF JEAN HARLOW First Edition

Eve Golden PLATINUM GIRL THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF JEAN HARLOW First Edition

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First edition, first print hardback of PLATINUM GIRL: THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF JEAN HARLOW, by Eve Golden and published by Abbeville Press, USA in 1991.

The book is in very good condition (clean grey boards with bright silver lettering on front board and spine) with some minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light rubbing/creasing to edges, two tiny tears to top corners, light moisture stains to inside of back cover not visible from outside). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

In 1930, after the public had seen Jean Harlow in Howard Hughes'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 enough. Born into the pleasant middle-class world of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1911, Harlow (nee Harlean Carpenter) was the daughter of a solid, if dull, dentist, whose wife had unfulfilled aspirations of a career in films. The family was hardly prepared for what came next. Jean became a bride at sixteen, was separated at eighteen, a film goddess at twenty, a wife again at twenty-one, and a widow within a few months of the wedding. Her husband, top MGM executive Paul Bern, committed suicide (it was widely and mistakenly believed) out of despair over impotence.

Bern's suicide threatened to plunge Jean Harlow into a scandal that might have ended her career. But, driven by her irresistible sparkle, glamour, and sensuality, the young star's fortunes continued to skyrocket in unforgettable films like Red Dust, Dinner at Eight, Bombshell, Reckless, China Seas and Libeled lady as she appeared with the likes of Clark Gable, John and Lionel Barrymore, Mary Astor, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Rosalind Russell, Spencer Tracy, and William Powell.

She married a third time in 1933, was divorced a year later, only to become engaged to her sometime costar William Powell. Noting that the extremely well-paid Blonde Bombshell was perpetually on the ragged edge of bankruptcy, Powell hired a private detective to investigate Harlow's stepfather, Marino Bello, who - it turned out - had long been defrauding her. Despite this and the on-again, off-again engagement to Powell, Harlow seemed unstoppable. Then, in the midst of filming Saratoga in 1937, the twenty-six-year-old Platinum Girl succumbed to kidney failure.

In this, the first biograhy of Jean Harlow since Irving Shulman's sensationalistic and often inaccurate 1964 book, Eve Golden explores the woman behind the legends and the scandals. The world evoked here is at once glamorous, nostalgic, poignant and tragic. Yet, in its way, the brief life of Jean Harlow is a story of success, of a triumphal struggle with Hollywood and the consequences of rapid fame. Harlow emerges not as an oversexed mannequin, but as a vulnerable, hard-working, and tremendously likeable woman who molded herself into an exceptional actress. This is an important book about one of Hollywood's most remarkable personalities.

248 pages including an Index. Lavishly illustrated with rare film stills, posters and exclusive photographs from family archives.

ISBN: 1 55859 214 8

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