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* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]] She appeared in six movies with Creator/ClarkGable, five with Lewis Stone and four with Una Merkel.

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* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]] She appeared in six movies with Creator/ClarkGable, five with Lewis Stone and Stone, four with Una Merkel.Merkel and three with Creator/WallaceBeery.


She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 1920s, she and her mother moved to Hollywood, and Harlean, taking her mother's name, went into acting. After several bit parts in silent films, she had her breakout role in the 1930 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie ''Film/HellsAngels'', produced by Howard Hughes. In this film, she coined the famous line "Would you be shocked if I [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable put on something more comfortable?]]" In 1931, she appeared in the classic gangster film ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.

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She was born in Kansas City, UsefulNotes/KansasCity, Missouri. In the 1920s, she and her mother moved to Hollywood, and Harlean, taking her mother's name, went into acting. After several bit parts in silent films, she had her breakout role in the 1930 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie ''Film/HellsAngels'', produced by Howard Hughes. In this film, she coined the famous line "Would you be shocked if I [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable put on something more comfortable?]]" In 1931, she appeared in the classic gangster film ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.

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* ''Film/{{Suzy}}'' (1936)

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* ''Film/DoubleWhoopee'' (1929) -- short film starring Creator/LaurelAndHardy





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* ''Film/HellsAngels'' (1930)
* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' (1931)
* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932)
* ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'' (1932)
* ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls'' (1932)
* ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' (1933)
* ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'' (1933)
* ''Film/HoldYourMan'' (1933)
* ''Film/ChinaSeas'' (1935)
* ''Film/LibeledLady'' (1936)
* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'' (1936)
* ''Film/{{Saratoga}}'' (1937)
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* AffectionateNickname: 'Baby' was what her family called her. She apparently didn't realise that wasn't her real name until she started school.



* OneSteveLimit: After using her stage name, her mother was referred to as 'Mama Jean'.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[invoked]] MGM was hoping to cast Harlow in a series of movies focusing on the character of Maisie Ravier. Harlow's death led to that role being played by Ann Sothern.
** [[invoked]] Jean was offered the leads in ''Film/KingKong1933'' and ''{{Film/Freaks}}'' but turned them down.
** [[invoked]] She was meant to say a line in ''Red Dust'' when she's found bathing in the barrel - "don't you know, I'm La Flamme, the girl who drives men wild" - but she refused to say it.

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!!'''Partial filmography:'''
* ''Film/HellsAngels'' (1930)
* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' (1931)
* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932)
* ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'' (1932)
* ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls'' (1932)
* ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' (1933)
* ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'' (1933)
* ''Film/HoldYourMan'' (1933)
* ''Film/ChinaSeas'' (1935)
* ''Film/LibeledLady'' (1936)
* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'' (1936)
* ''Film/{{Saratoga}}'' (1937)

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WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** [[invoked]] MGM was hoping to cast Harlow in a series of movies focusing on the character of Maisie Ravier. Harlow's death led to that role being played by Ann Sothern.
** [[invoked]] Jean She was offered the leads in ''Film/KingKong1933'' and ''{{Film/Freaks}}'' ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' but turned them down.
** [[invoked]] She was meant to say a line in ''Red Dust'' when she's found bathing in the barrel - "don't you know, I'm La Flamme, the girl who drives men wild" - but she refused to say it.

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!!'''Partial filmography:'''
* ''Film/HellsAngels'' (1930)
* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' (1931)
* ''Film/RedDust'' (1932)
* ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'' (1932)
* ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls'' (1932)
* ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' (1933)
* ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'' (1933)
* ''Film/HoldYourMan'' (1933)
* ''Film/ChinaSeas'' (1935)
* ''Film/LibeledLady'' (1936)
* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'' (1936)
* ''Film/{{Saratoga}}'' (1937)
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--> ''Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.''

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--> ''Men -> ''"Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.''
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* ''Film/ChinaSeas'' (1935)


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* AffectionateNickname: 'Baby' was what her family called her. She apparently didn't realise that wasn't her real name until she started school.
* DumbBlonde: Her specialty. Barry Norman in his book ''The Hollywood Greats'' noted that she like Marilyn Monroe "had the gift of saying her lines as if she didn't understand them, maximimising the comic potential..."



* FakeBrit: [[invoked]] As Helen in ''Film/HellsAngels''.

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* FakeBrit: [[invoked]] As Helen in ''Film/HellsAngels''. Not that [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent she tries very hard]].



* OneSteveLimit: After using her stage name, her mother was referred to as 'Mama Jean'.



* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/MarilynMonroe is viewed as hers. Marilyn was apparently a great fan of hers, and turned down an offer to star in a biopic about her. Marilyn lived a little longer but died similarly prematurely.
* StageName: Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; "Jean" was her mother's maiden name.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/MarilynMonroe is viewed as hers. Marilyn was apparently a great fan of hers, and turned down an offer to star in a biopic about her. Marilyn lived a little longer but died similarly prematurely. \n Marilyn's birth name was Norma Jean - and Jean Harlow is who she was named after.
* StageName: Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; "Jean" Jean was her mother's name, and Harlow her maiden name.


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* UrbanLegendOfZelda:[[invoked]] Her husband Paul Bern was found dead in his room, and a wild rumor was that Jean herself found him and the studio had it covered up.


* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] The tension between her and Wallace Beery in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' was very real; he treated her horribly, viewing her as too inexperienced.

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* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] The tension between her and Wallace Beery Creator/WallaceBeery in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' was very real; he treated her horribly, viewing her as too inexperienced.


* StageName: Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, "Jean Harlow" was her mother's maiden name.

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* StageName: Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, "Jean Harlow" Carpenter; "Jean" was her mother's maiden name.


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* ''Film/HoldYourMan'' (1933)


--> ''Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.''



* FakeBrit: [[invoked]] As Helen in ''Film/HellsAngels''.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [[invoked]] She was quite popular in the UK, despite not many of her films getting exported there. There was even a national day of mourning there when she died.



* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: [[invoked]] As noted above, she was initially much more vampy. But once The Hays Code cracked down on sexual conduct in movies, her image became more of a DumbBlonde in comedies.
* TheOtherMarty: When Howard Hughes decided to convert ''Film/HellsAngels'' to a talkie, this meant that the Norwegian actress playing Helen - Greta Nissen - had to be replaced. In came Jean Harlow.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: [[invoked]] While Kitty in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' is a ShamelessFanserviceGirl, she's less a GoodBadGirl and more a RichBitch. Kitty is probably the nastiest character she ever played.



* RealitySubtext: [[invoked]] The tension between her and Wallace Beery in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' was very real; he treated her horribly, viewing her as too inexperienced.



* ShortLivedBigImpact: [[invoked]] She died at the age of twenty-six after having only been in the film business for about nine years, three of which she worked entirely as an extra. Yet she was an iconic sex symbol and there was worldwide heartbreak when she died prematurely.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/MarilynMonroe is viewed as hers. Marilyn was apparently a great fan of hers, and turned down an offer to star in a biopic about her. Marilyn lived a little longer but died similarly prematurely.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] MGM was hoping to cast Harlow in a series of movies focusing on the character of Maisie Ravier. Harlow's death led to that role being played by Ann Sothern.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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[[invoked]] MGM was hoping to cast Harlow in a series of movies focusing on the character of Maisie Ravier. Harlow's death led to that role being played by Ann Sothern.
** [[invoked]] Jean was offered the leads in ''Film/KingKong1933'' and ''{{Film/Freaks}}'' but turned them down.
** [[invoked]] She was meant to say a line in ''Red Dust'' when she's found bathing in the barrel - "don't you know, I'm La Flamme, the girl who drives men wild" - but she refused to say it.

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* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'' (1936)


* GoingCommando: In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', a movie in which Harlow plays an actress, the studio specifically instructs her not to wear a bra. Harlow never wore any underwear, and some even say that she iced down her nipples before shooting a scene (which was one of many contributing factors for the Hays Code to crack down on immoral content in movies).


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* VaporWear: In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', a movie in which Harlow plays an actress, the studio specifically instructs her not to wear a bra. Harlow never wore any underwear, and some even say that she iced down her nipples before shooting a scene (which was one of many contributing factors for the Hays Code to crack down on immoral content in movies).


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Jean Harlow (1911-1937) was an American actress and sex symbol in the 1930s, the original Platinum Blonde of legend.

She was born as Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 1920s, she and her mother moved to Hollywood, and Harlean, taking her mother's name, went into acting. After several bit parts in silent films, she had her breakout role in the 1930 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie ''Film/HellsAngels'', produced by Howard Hughes. In this film, she coined the famous line "Would you be shocked if I [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable put on something more comfortable?]]" In 1931, she appeared in the classic gangster film ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.

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Jean Harlow (1911-1937) (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 June 7, 1937) was an American actress and sex symbol in the 1930s, the original Platinum Blonde of legend.

She was born as Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 1920s, she and her mother moved to Hollywood, and Harlean, taking her mother's name, went into acting. After several bit parts in silent films, she had her breakout role in the 1930 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI movie ''Film/HellsAngels'', produced by Howard Hughes. In this film, she coined the famous line "Would you be shocked if I [[SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable put on something more comfortable?]]" In 1931, she appeared in the classic gangster film ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.



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* DyeHard: [[invoked]] Though she denied it, and was in fact naturally very fair -- just not as fair as she appeared onscreen. Eventually, her hair actually had to be cropped short due to peroxide damage, meaning in some films she's actually wearing a wig. Some stories say that [[{{Squick}} she bleached her pubic hair as well to maintain the illusion]], but this is likely false.



* GoingCommando: She never wore any underwear, and some even say that she iced down her nipples before shooting a scene (which was one of many contributing factors for the Hays Code to crack down on immoral content in movies). In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', a movie in which Harlow plays an actress, the studio specifically instructs her not to wear a bra.

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* GoingCommando: She In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', a movie in which Harlow plays an actress, the studio specifically instructs her not to wear a bra. Harlow never wore any underwear, and some even say that she iced down her nipples before shooting a scene (which was one of many contributing factors for the Hays Code to crack down on immoral content in movies). In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', movies).
* HeAlsoDid: [[invoked]] She wrote
a movie in novel, ''Today is Tonight'', which Harlow plays an actress, the studio specifically instructs her not to wear a bra.wasn't published until 1965.



* ManChild: Reportedly she found a movie producer's young son making mud pies and recommended using egg whites to help them stick together better. That should give you an indication.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The story goes that when she was a child, she was nicknamed "Baby", and only when she started school did she learn that it wasn't her actual name.



* RetroactiveRecognition: [[invoked]] She appeared as an extra in a few Creator/LaurelAndHardy shorts at the very beginning of her career. Most notably ''Double Whoopee'', where [[{{Fanservice}} the back of her dress is accidentally ripped off]].



* StageMom: Her mother, a.k.a. Mama Jean.
* StageName
* StealthPun: According to an anecdote, she was once at dinner with Margot Asquith (wife of UsefulNotes/HerbertHenryAsquith, the former British Prime Minister), and kept pronouncing Mrs. Asquith's name with the 't' at the end. Eventually Asquith told her "No, Jean, the 'T' is silent, like in 'Harlow'".


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* StageMom: Her mother, a.k.a. Mama Jean.
* StageName
* StealthPun: According to an anecdote, she
StageName: Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, "Jean Harlow" was once at dinner her mother's maiden name.
* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]] She appeared in six movies
with Margot Asquith (wife of UsefulNotes/HerbertHenryAsquith, the former British Prime Minister), and kept pronouncing Mrs. Asquith's name Creator/ClarkGable, five with Lewis Stone and four with Una Merkel.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] MGM was hoping to cast Harlow in a series of movies focusing on
the 't' at the end. Eventually Asquith told her "No, Jean, the 'T' is silent, like in 'Harlow'".

character of Maisie Ravier. Harlow's death led to that role being played by Ann Sothern.


* HighClassGloves: She wore them in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' and ''The Public Enemy''.

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* HighClassGloves: She wore them in ''Film/DinnerAtEight'' and ''The Public Enemy''. ''Film/ThePublicEnemy.''

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