Today in Harlow History: Portraits by Ted Allan, 1936

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

Jean in the Long Beach Quake, 1933

Eighty seven years ago today, a terrific 6.4 temblor led to widespread chaos all around the greater Los Angeles area. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake had been one of the most destructive in recent years -- comparisons were immediately made to the infamous 1906 San Francisco quake, which was still fresh in public memory. The … Continue reading Jean in the Long Beach Quake, 1933

FDR’s Birthday Ball, Numero Uno; Harlow in Oakland, 1934

A lot of us are quite familiar with Jean's January 1937 visit to Washington, D.C. with Robert Taylor; the pair departed right after completing work on Personal Property. The costars attended President Roosevelt's fourth annual "Birthday Ball", having been personally invited. The purpose of these Birthday Balls was purely charity; all money raised went directly … Continue reading FDR’s Birthday Ball, Numero Uno; Harlow in Oakland, 1934

“Extra Girl Gets Her First Close-Up” by Jean Harlow

Starting off, it's fairly well known that Jean was a voracious reader and writer from childhood. She tended to write long and wordy personal letters; she even penned a poem titled "I Have Found God" at the tender age of ten. Multiple times over the years in different interviews, she expressed her love for writing … Continue reading “Extra Girl Gets Her First Close-Up” by Jean Harlow