“Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breathe.” ~ Jean
Jean Harlow was born Harlean Harlow Carpenter on March 3, 1911, in Kansas City, Missouri. When she was a child her parents divorced and her mother took her to California. At the age of sixteen Jean married Charles McGrew, a young millionaire, but the marriage only lasted two years. Jean's mother, a failed actress, encouraged her to go into show business. She appeared as an extra in movies like Double Whoopee and worked as a nude model. Her big break came in 1930 when Howard Hughes cast her as a femme fatale in Hell's Angels. Overnight Jean became one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses and women all over the country began to copy her platinum blonde hairstyle. In July 1932 Jean married MGM executive Paul Bern who was twice her age. Two months after their wedding Paul committed suicide by shooting himself. There were rumors that Paul had been impotent but Jean would always say that they had a happy marriage. Although she was devastated by her husband's death she returned to work immediately to start shooting her next film.