Naturally, I’m known for my horribly cheesy post titles, so that’s how we’ll start out today’s Harlow History post. Let’s get crackin’: This day in Harlow History, April 2, 1933: at the tail end of her mourning period following the death of Paul Bern, Jean Harlow attends a Hollywood party at director Woody Van Dyke’s … Continue reading Today in Harlow History: Uh Oh’s and Eskimos
Found a new-to-me-and-probably-to-you picture of Jean Harlow and her mother, from the Kansas City Times, August 1930: The two were in town on August 14, on their way to New York on the Santa Fe Chief for the regional premiere of Hell's Angels (1930). The pair stopped off at Union Station for a short hometown … Continue reading Harlow in Kansas City, August (and November) 1930
Well, it's certainly been a little while since I've done a "Fashion Portraits" themed blog post, but here I am, and with some lovely Ted Allan shots from Libeled Lady (1936). Harlow posed for these costumed publicity photos on set during the film's production in summer 1936: This beautifully structured Dolly Tree creation was designed … Continue reading Fashion Portraits: Dolly Tree’s Hostess Slack Suit for LIBELED LADY (1936)
Here’s quite the lovely candid of Harlow: captured awarding the Gold Cup to Marion Hollins and Herman Flodstrom, owner and rider of the winning horse at a 1934 Steeplechase cup race, held on March 18 in Del Monte, California. By the way, this original photograph is from an archived listing--I don't own it. An adorable … Continue reading Harlow at Del Monte, 1934
July 11, 1931: Eighty nine years ago today, Jean visits one of her regular haunts, The Ambassador Hotel, to publicize a quaint fundraising event— an early horned toad derby! Harlow is shown raising the barrier for the race finale below. The toads were given names similar to those of their racing horse counterparts. Some of … Continue reading Release the Horned Toads!
June 29, 1935: A sunburned Harlow is seen at an MGM sponsored event for the District Attorneys’ Association, who were closing out their 25th Annual Convention held in Los Angeles. From left to right are Irving Thalberg, Jean Harlow, LA District Attorney Buron Fitts, Louis B. Mayer, and Santa Clara District Attorney Fred L. Thomas, … Continue reading On Studio Business, 85 Years Ago
June 24, 1932 saw the world premiere of Red-Headed Woman at Loew's State on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles; the film went into general release the very next day, and the rest is history. The movie house where Red-Headed Woman saw its premiere, pictured in its salad years and recently. Photographs courtesy of USC and … Continue reading Harlow at Loew’s State with RED HEADED WOMAN, 1932
Harlow’s kitchen capabilities were well known by the time she had established herself at MGM, as many cast and crew could tell you, but that wasn’t exactly the case early on. The public were primarily focused on Harlow’s hair; as they would be until she broke into better roles later that same year. One of … Continue reading Harlow in the Kitchen With Sweets … and Beets!
Today in Harlow History, June 20, 1932: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern electrify the film colony with a jolt of gossip: they have been spotted together filing their intention to wed at the Marriage License Bureau, located inside Los Angeles City Hall. This photograph taken in 1932 shows the Los Angeles City Hall on the … Continue reading Harlow and Bern Get Engaged
I’ve posted quite the wealth of Ted Allan portraits — not only does he capture Harlow’s loveliness like no other, his portraits also document a transitional period in her career. In the midst of revamping her image, Jean had not just changed her hair. Her flashy primary designer Adrian was replaced by Dolly Tree — … Continue reading Today in Harlow History: Portraits by Ted Allan, 1936