Hollywood drops a “Blonde Bombshell”

Apr 22, 2011

In the late 1920s, a young woman drove an aspiring actress to Fox Studios in Hollywood for an appointment. The aspiring actress went on to become Rosalie Roy, who worked mostly in uncredited roles throughout her career. The other woman who drove her, named Harlean Carpenter, was noticed while sitting in the car by Fox executives and encouraged to audition at Central Casting. She started auditioning under the name Jean Harlow, and as they say, a star was born. In Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, co-authors Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Vieira provide a comprehensive look at the Blonde Bombshell’s career in cinema, her glamorous life offscreen and her untimely death after only a decade in Tinseltown. What were the high points of Harlow’s time on film? How did she influence actresses which followed her? What exactly made this young woman so very desirable and attractive to men and women alike?

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