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Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow Paperback – Aug 2000


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lightning Bug Press; 2nd edition (Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967282225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967282220
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,296,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using previously secret information and drawing on hundreds of interviews, a study of the life and career of Hollywood's legendary blonde bombshell solve lingering mysteries concerning the death of Harlow and her second husband, P Bern. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on 27 Dec. 2007
I've always been interested in Jean Harlow, and in the last few years I've
had the chance to watch some of her movies on TCM. She was a brilliant
comedienne, very appealing and had the most amazing skin - she just
glows onscreen.

'Bombshell' shows how different Jean was to the characters she played.
She was usually cast as the gold-digger, a dumb blonde but with a
tough attitude. In real life, she was dominated by her ambitious
mother, and if not for her might never have become an actress. Jean
was insecure and maybe even shy, but also sweet and generous. At work
she was always reliable and could memorise her lines at a glance.

Despite her lack of self-confidence, Jean was totally at ease with her
body. She had no shame about nudity which was considered shocking at
the time. She also loved being photographed.

Despite being thought of as a sex symbol, Jean was bright, innocent and
girlish. Unfortunately, many people would take advantage of her good
nature. Jean's relationships with men never lasted long. She was
attracted to older men, perhaps because she hardly knew her own father.

After her second husband committed suicide, Jean started to drink
quite heavily. Her health was never robust and she worked far too
hard.

Nonetheless, Jean was a beloved star and cherished by all who knew
her. When she died suddenly after a short illness, the whole world was
shocked. She was young, beautiful and seemed to have a glittering
future ahead of her. But it just wasn't meant to be.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Bowhill VINE VOICE on 20 May 2005
This is just what you want from a Biography, where the research has been done carefully and pieced together so well, so it reads straightforward it just gives you what you want to know. Question that went unanswered on this beautiful star for years have now been answered and sometimes the truth can be a tragic thing to know. The words that came to myself all the way through this book "if only". You are shown in all the right words this star as being just the real person she was, full of life inner spirit on screen and the plain truth off. At 26 it finished so sudden, this is incredibly sad for someone so young "if Only" Jean Harlow could have been strong enough to break free from her mother's grip, Just to find that happiness she needed for a short while, I believe she would have found it given more time, but time tragically once again, just wasn't on her side.
This is just incredible to read, very strong, she could have been your friend someone you cared about, because you are filled with sadness by the time you reach the end. Very well written.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nds on 9 Aug. 2002
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This book is fantastic!! I found this book so easy to read and once I started reading this I couldnt put it down! It grabs your attention straight away with the prologue, once you've read this you cant wait to read the rest! The author explains some new theories about her 2nd husband who killed himself and the circumstances surrounding his death. Also explains in great detail the events surrounding Jean Harlow's (the baby) death.
I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who had a slight interest in Jean. Even if your not a mad fan, you should still read this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bubbles on 4 Jun. 2012
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Having read Irving Shulmans version of Jean Harlow's life, I was disappointed. I decided to buy this book to see if anything matched up. It doesn't. This is a brilliant read for anyone interested in Jean or in Hollywood in the 1930's. Far from being a "dumb blonde", Jean had her head screwed on. Never one to be late on set, she was considerate to all crew and cast. It has a chapter on her second husband Paul Bern (complete with shocking photo) who killed himself, and whether there was any involvement from Jean. It also gives you an insight of what life was like living with her unbearable mother and stepfather, who really just wanted the fame and money. It also tells the truth about her tragic death in 1937 from kidney failure. A sad end to a truely great Star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Donnelly on 25 Sept. 2007
This is the definitive biography of Jean Harlow. The woman who looked vampish but who loved nothing more than to shed all the warpaint and glitzy dresses and just be the normal girl that she was. Her Mother always wanted control over her although Mother Jean was a doting Mother, maybe too doting. Jean, unknown to herself, was going through the stages of the kidney failure that was to kill her at only 26. Coupled with the male relationships that brought little satisfaction to her, this is the absorbing story of a young woman who proved to be a decent actress and , more importantly a thoroughly lovely decent girl whose life was ended all too soon. She'll always be my favourite actress and this biography by David Stenn is astounding.
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