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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ANGEL CITY PRESS (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883318963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883318963
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 24.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Batt on 24 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This collaboration between Hollywood historian Mark A Vieira and the foremost collector of Harlow memorabilia, Darrell Rooney, has produced a book that is not only beautiful to look at but also informative.

The first thing to notice is the superb presentation in terms of print, paper and photographic reproduction that tells the reader that this is a serious publication attempting to get under the skin of Hollywood's first Blonde Bombshell.Many of the photos will be new to even the most devoted Harlow fans and, together with more familiar shots, are given context with time, place and personalities detailed.Often coming across previously unseen candid photos is the most rewarding experience when leafing through this book.

In the text the authors have made use of 1980's audio tapes made by fellow Harlow fan Dennis Lee Cleven of interviews with schoolfriends of Jean which flesh out our knowledge of her early life. Most of the remainder of Jean's life is already in the public domain but this is essentially a pictorial biography.Perhaps the only downside to the book is the portrayal of Paul Bern, Harlow's second husband, who is once again characterised as an impotent suicide. E J Fleming's biography of Bern provides compelling evidence to the contrary.

All in all this book is a most welcome addition in this Harlow's centenary year and can be enjoyed by students of this fascinating actress and newcomers alike. In recommending this book I would urge readers not to be put off by the price because such is the quality it represents excellent value for money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rosalind A. Brennan on 1 July 2011
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This is a superb book, well worth its weight in gold. Beautifully and well written and the photos are fantastic! There are numerous pictures I have never seen before. This to me is a realistic and factual story of Jean Harlow's life and death, and one that I could read time and time again. Highly recomended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Stevens on 26 July 2011
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Things come to those who wait 100 years! Published in the year Jean would have been 100 years old, this is a wonderful book. The attention to detail is striking, I especially loved the art deco flourishes.
I was thrilled to see so many photographs previously unpublished, and in such high quality.
I have heard that the text is based on a well received 1993 biography (Bombshell, now out of print)and as such, gives a well rounded impression of the subject, flaws and all, but never buys in to the myth that she was what you saw on screen.
Excellent background detail on Hollywood of the late 20's/30's. Also, due to the high quality , full length photographs, of interest to students and admirers of costume design of the period.
All in all, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RhondaC on 30 Oct. 2012
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I read other reviews prior to purchasing this book and was not disappointed. Beautifully presented, top quality materials. Wonderful selection of well known and rare photographs. Thoroughly enjoyed the read and the style in which it was written. The only disappointment was when I came to the end of it. I will treasure this book.
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