R.I.P Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 - June 7, 1937)
Above is a photograph of Marilyn Monroe posing as Harlow, her idol, in 1958. Marilyn was often compared to Jean and very early in her career was dubbed the ‘new Harlow’. Marilyn later admitted that Jean was her favourite actress and that, as a child she “hated [being picked on for having extremely blonde hair] and dreamed of having golden hair until [she] saw [Harlow], so beautiful and with platinum blonde hair like [hers].” In 1957, Marilyn is said to have told Milton Greene that “I kept thinking of [Harlow], rolling over the facts of her life in my mind. It was kind of spooky, and sometimes I thought, am I making this happen? But I don’t think so. We just seemed to have the same spirit or something, I don’t know. I kept wondering if I would die young like her, too.” Sadly, Marilyn would go on to die young like Jean Harlow, however, one month before her death Marilyn went to speak with ‘Mama Jean’ Bello (Jean Harlow’s mother) to ask for permission to make a film based on her daughter’s life, to which Bello replied that she felt as though her baby had come back to life, immediately granting Marilyn permission to star in the biopic which, sadly, would never be made.
Rest in peace to two of the most iconic blondes of the 20th century.