If you aren’t already familiar with Hollywood’s very first platinum blonde beauty, let me introduce you to the incredible Jean Harlow!
Born Harlean Carpenter in 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the first fair-haired vixen to grace the big screen, earning her the nickname “The Blonde Bombshell” before Marilyn Monroe was even around! This, of course, dramatically increased peroxide sales and had women all over the country trying (many unsuccessfully) to bleach their hair!
“A straight shooter if there ever was one.” – Spencer Tracy
Although she lived to be only 26, Jean Harlow made an astonishing 36 movies in her lifetime, starring alongside actors like Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. Known for her incredible flair for drama and her sparkling comedic wit, she was also the first movie actress ever to appear on the cover of Life Magazine.
Known as a leading symbol of femininity and sex appeal, Harlow never wore any underwear and always slept in the nude. She was also superstitious, wearing a lucky anklet on her left leg and always looking in her lucky dressing room mirror.
“She didn’t want to be famous. She wanted to be happy.” – Clark Gable
I’d say she did a bang-up job.