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Jean Harlow: Tarnished Angel Hardcover – 16 Apr 2009
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Jean Harlow was an enigma, the original Blonde Bombshell, completely uninhibited. 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.On the screen she epitomised the fun-loving, wise-cracking tart-with-a-heart yet away from the spotlight she was nothing like the public perceived her to be.In this new biography, David Bret uncovers an unhappy upbringing by an unloving mother and sexually abusive step-father, her love of older men and the mistreatment she suffered at their hands, her progression from movie slut to screwball comedy star, her special relationship with William Powell, how she was ripped off by the studios, and more. "Jean Harlow: Tarnished Angel" is a compelling portrayal of the enigmatic star.This is the searching new biography of 1930s sex symbol, Harleen Harlow Carpenter, who starred in 32 films, including classics such as "China Seas" and "Hells Angels" despite dying tragically young, at 26 years old. From an abusive father to screw-ball comedy star, Bret uncovers the Jean Harlow behind the wise-cracking screen persona.It includes details of all her films.
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David Bret was born in Paris. His acclaimed books include biographies of Marlene Dietrich, Morrissey, Freddie Mercury and Edith Piaf among many others.
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with these shaky foundations bret's authority is seriously undermined and any long term fan or scholar of harlow will know that aside from the bare bones of the story what they are reading is untrue and in many cases misleading and mischievous.
recommended books on jean harlow are david stenn's "bombshell" and eve golden's "platinum girl". buy either or both of these and avoid this one.
If you want a more in depth take on Jean Harlow and Paul Bern, written by someone who was actually there at the time, try Sam Marx's "Deadly Illusions - Who Killed Jean Harlow's Husband?" and E J Fleming - "Paul Bern, the life and Famous Death..." Much better books, better researched, they refute a lot of the twaddle that was made up by MGM at the time of Paul Bern's death to protect Jean Harlow and her lucrative career and most importantly, give clear references/sources to back up their claims making them much more credible than Mr Brett's book. They also include some rare unseen photos rather than merely reprinting publicity stills that we've all seen time and time again.
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