Its a riveting, richlylayered detective novel that satisfies and surprises on every single page. Concurrently with his early television career, stenn wrote the biographies clara bow. The life and death of jean harlow 2 by stenn, david isbn. Celebrities starsyou must remember this is a podcast that features stories about old hollywood. According to david stenns 1993 biography, bombshell. The term bombshell is a forerunner to the term sex symbol and originally used to describe popular female sex icons in modern usage, bombshell refers to a very attractive woman. The life and death of jean harlow, a book by david stenn bombshell video game, 2016 video game by interceptor entertainment and 3d realms bombshell, an historical biography about the life of barbara goette. The life and death of jean harlow is probably more factual as it was exhaustively researched and many to date have crowned it the definitive biography of the young star, but goldens treatment, which was released before stenns, is still a very enjoyable read and quite respectful of her memory. The author, david stenn, also wrote bombshell the life and death of jean harlow which i recommend as highly as running wild. It chronicles the life and times of the legendary actress and gets into details in the areas that have been under speculation for years paul berns death, harlow s relationships, harlow s untimely death and its cause etc. Her name epitomizes an era, a decade of depression in which harsh reality created a demand for lush film fantasy and no hollywood star was as luscious or.
On the screen she epitomised the funloving, wisecracking tartwithaheart yet away from the spotlight she was nothing like the. This to me is a realistic and factual story of jean harlows life and death, and one that i could read time and time. Despite harlows blinding fame, the events of her life have been obscured by a fiftyyear haze of secrets, lies and silence. Bombshell the life and death of jean harlow, david stenn, doubleday 1993 hollywood star actress 1930s first edition book biography bournebooks 5 out of 5 stars.
Harlow died of kidney failure in 1937 during filming of saratoga. She made no secret of the fact that she never wore underwear, bleached her public hair to match that on her head and was never afraid of showing this to journalists, if they asked. Born harlean carpenter in 1911, harlow was the first to carry the now nearly hackneyed title of blonde bombshell. David stenns biography is an interesting piece of work. See more ideas about jean harlow, old hollywood and classic hollywood. It chronicles the life and times of the legendary actress and gets into details in the areas that have been under speculation for years paul berns death, harlows relationships, harlows untimely death and its cause etc. Classic hollywood glam jean harlow, jean harlow death. Harlow was in the film industry for only nine years, but she became one of the biggest movie stars in hollywood, whose image in the public eye has endured. Finally, after years of research, critically acclaimed biographer david stenn has unearthed the truth behind the improbable rise of this towheaded tomboy from kansas city, her huge success, and her tragic fall.
Top sites what happened to jean harlow 2019 latest. David stenn is an american television writerproducer, biographer, and film preservationist. Questions of craft and career path are explored with a combination of critical insight and visceral spontaniety that make this invaluable to those curious. Jean harlow was an american actress and sex symbol. An obsessive affair with liv ulman during and after a revival of anna christie is one of this volumes most compelling chapters. Now, after 56 years, stenn has persuaded harlow s family, friends, coworkers, and employers to break their silence and provide previously sealed legal, financial, and medical recordsand eyewitness testimonyto solve the mystery of her death. The rapidfire dialogue was perfectly suited to her rather common, midwest accent, and harlow fires off the lines like a machine gun. The life and death of jean harlow lightning bug press, 2000.
The life and death of jean harlow finally somebody has put down in print and in fascinating, intricate detail what so many have known for so long, and in doing so has deepened our knowledge of ashbys contributions to american cinema. Download one of the free kindle apps to start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer. Bombshell by david stenn, 9780967282220, available at book depository with free delivery. Bombshell 1933 i just loved baked potatoes duration. The blond bombshell died at only 26 years of age on june 7, 1937. Now, 80 years after her death, a look back at jean harlows tragic storyand the eerily parallel lives of the two hollywood legends.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Jean harlow was the top blonde of the 1930s, and even though she didnt survive the. David stenns book is an excellent written book about the life and the tragic death of harlow. March 3, 1911 june 7, 1937 was an american film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. With interviews and pertinent information from the people that knew and loved her, this book debunks all of the lies and misinterpretations of her short life, career and death from acute nephritis, at age 26. It revealed a new jean harlow to moviegoers, one that mgm quickly doubled down on by starring opposite clark gable in her next film, the every bit as daring red dust 1932. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. I learned new things about her life, that were very sad. When she mysteriously fell ill and passed away tragically at the age of 26. Listen, download this episode, or find on itunes jean harlow was the top blonde of the 1930s, and even though she didnt survive the decade she died in 1937 at the age of 26 shed inspire a generation of wouldbe platinumhaired bombshell stars. David stenns exhaustive research paid off as this is a very objective and fair book. The life and death of jean harlow 9780385421577 by stenn, david and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. Yes, she was very stylish and i enjoyed these books that she edited.
Eileen heckartbest supporting actress, 1972 for butterflies are free. The following is a portion of their story on the legendary blond bombshell jean harlow, whose star burned bright until she died at the young age of 26. The original blonde bombshell used actual bleach on her. I love old hollywood, and jean harlow is one of favorite actresss from that era. The blonde bombshell in the glamour capital, 19281937 by mark a.
Often nicknamed the blonde bombshell and the platinum blonde, she was popular for her laughing vamp screen persona. After being signed by director howard hughes, harlows first major appearance was in hells angels 1930, followed by a series of critically unsuccessful films before signing with metrogoldwynmayer in 1932. Yet harlow had to be someone she wasnt, because she never knew who she was biographer david stenn, on jean harlow, in bombshell. Her death was so sudden and unexpected that many theories evolved. There were many aspects of harlows life and career, i was unaware of until reading this book. The life and death of jean harlow by david stenn 19930901 david stenn on. Jean harlow 19111937 reigned as hollywoods original platinum blonde sex symbol in the years before. The life and death of nicholas ii edvard radzinsky, in the russian style and bombshell. For any fan of jean harlow, this is the book to buy. The film has been said to be based on harlows own life or that of 1920s it girl clara bow. Publication date 1993 topics harlow, jean, 19111937, motion picture actors and actresses publisher new york. Before i read bombshell, i did not know so much about jean harlow, apart from her films. Even the authors recognize and give credit to another biography called bombshell by david stenn, a book i also own, and, frankly, give higher marks than this tome. Bombshell is a 1933 american precode romantic comedydrama film directed by victor fleming and starring jean harlow, lee tracy, frank morgan, c.
The film is based on the unproduced play of the same name by caroline francke and mack crane, and was adapted for the screen by john lee mahin and jules furthman. The bombshell life and mysterious death of jean harlow. Jean harlow nude, topless pictures, playboy photos, sex. Despite harlows blinding fame, the events of her life have been obscured by a fiftyyear haze of secrets, lies, and silence. They are probably the two best biographies that i have had the pleasure of reading. David stenn, in a meticulously researched biography, details with sensitivity the brief, poignant life of depressionera film superstar, jean harlow. Nothing has been left to chance in this doggedly researched book. Just as marilyn monroe used to be norma jean, jean harlow was born harlean carpenter on march 3, 1911, in kansas city, missouri.
In real life, harlows personal maid was also one of her few close confidants. Jean harlow was an enigma, the original blonde bombshell, completely uninhibited. An actors actor reflects on his upbringing in regional theater and his subsequent success on stage and screen. Harleans mothers name was actually jean harlow, but after her. David stenn has written a scrupulous biography of jean harlow. The life and death of jean harlow by david stenn 19930901. Life imitates art for jean harlow in bombshell 1933. His television credits range from hill street blues to boardwalk empire, and he is also known for his highlyregarded biographies of iconic hollywood stars clara bow and jean harlow. David stenn, a television writer who transitioned to books with a respected biography of clara bow, was working on another biography, of jean harlow, when he happened on a story that had pushed harlows death off the front pages of newspapers of the day. David stenn s exhaustive research paid off as this is a very objective and fair book about a subject who has now been dead for over 60 years. Tully jarsdel joins the gumshoe greats in this whipsmart riff on sunbaked l. David stenns original vanity fair article on patricia douglas sadly not on.
Screen siren jean harlow mysteriously died on june 7, 1937. Her name epitomizes an era, a decade of depression in which har. David stenn s exhaustive research paid off as this is a very objective and fair book. March 3, 1911 june 7, 1937 was an american actress and sex symbol. This video details the death of actress jean harlow.32 1146 1319 383 563 1007 1118 271 1293 389 681 1284 1274 284 413 511 994 845 264 1285 372 698 303 435 1211 1286 740 1203 1473 545 285 476 161 1410