Interview with Blonde Bombshells

Interview with Blonde Bombshells

I’ll be honest with you. Interviewing blonde bombshells was not my first thought. I was simply going to interview Goldilocks – you know, of the Three Bears fame. In fact, I channeled her using my supernatural powers, and asked her to divulge the true story about the Three Bears.

Goldie (she asked me to call her that) replied: ‘In a nutshell, I came, I trespassed, I ate a little porridge, I broke a little chair, I slept in a little bed. When the bears arrived, I was frightened and ran home. Big deal! The whole episode was blown out of proportion.’

Her story was so simple – and so short – I needed another idea. Thinking about Goldilocks led me to thoughts about blondes which made me recall two very famous platinum blonde movie bombshells who had so much in common: Harlean Harlow Carpenter and Norma Jean Baker. So I channeled them instead. Here is what they had to say.

Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

Interview with Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe

Early Childhood

me – It is amazing to me that so many aspects of your lives were so similar. Ms. Harlow, why don’t you begin first?

Jean Harlow – Please, call me Jean. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 3, 1911. My father, Mont Clair Carpenter, was a dentist and my mother, also named Jean, was the daughter of a wealthy real estate broker. I guess you could call us upper middle class.

On my birth certificate my name is Harlean Harlow Carpenter but my nickname was ‘Baby’ – everyone called me that. In fact, ‘it wasn’t until I was five and entered in a finishing school for girls that I learned my real name was not Baby.’ True story.

My take-charge mother divorced my mild-mannered father when I was eleven years old. I loved my dad but saw very little of him after my parents’ divorce. Perhaps that’s why I was often attracted to older men.

Marilyn Monroe – And you can call me, Marilyn. I was born in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926. My mother, Gladys Baker Mortenson, was a film technician and named me Norma Jeane. With an ‘e.’ I never knew my father. When I was seven, my mother was committed to a mental institution and I grew up in a series of foster homes. Upper middle class? Not!

My mother once told me that my biological father was a man named Charles Stanley Gifford, a salesman working for RKO Pictures. But he always denied that and I grew up without knowing a father. Perhaps that’s why I, too, was often attracted to older men. (Marilyn and Jean give each other an enthusiastic high five)

Hollywood Attraction

me – Hollywood and the movies seemed to have played a large part in the lives of both your mothers while you were growing up.

Jean – My mother was a very attractive, controlling woman who dreamed of being a film star. After divorcing my father she took me to Hollywood to try to fulfill her unrealistic dream. But at the age of 34, she was seen as ‘too old’ for the movies. So we returned to Kansas City.

Marilyn – My mother was absent most of my growing-up life. She, too, was a very pretty woman but ‘I remember that she seldom smiled.’ She loved going to movies and was a big fan of yours, Jean.

After my mother’s nervous breakdown, Grace Goddard, a friend of the family, became my legal guardian. Grace loved the movies, and was your faithful fan, too. She bleached her hair platinum and often wore white dresses like you did in films. She would tell friends she knew I was going to be a movie star like you one day. (Another high five)

First Marriage at 16

me – Tell me about your first marriage, Jean.

Jean –When I was only 16, I met and fell in love with Charles (Chuck) Fremont McGrew, a young businessman who was slated to inherit millions. We eloped and moved to Los Angeles. My mother was not a happy camper. She also remarried that year and followed me to Hollywood with her new husband.

After two years, Chuck and I drifted apart and we were divorced.

Marilyn – When I was only 16, my guardian, Grace, had to move east with her husband and could not take me with them. So she arranged for me to marry the son of a neighbor, James (Jim) Dougherty, 21, who worked with me at an aircraft plant. My nickname for him was ‘Daddy.’ That ought to tell you something.

This was a marriage of convenience but I felt abandoned when Jim joined the Merchant Marine. We were divorced four years later.

Jean
Jean
Marilyn
Marilyn

Fascinating Coincidences

me – This may read like an episode of ‘Anything you Can Do, I Can Do Better,’ but go ahead. Tell me about some more similarities in your lives.

Jean – In 1929, I posed nearly nude for the photographer, Edwin Bower Hesser. Nudity was rarely shown in those days and Anita Loos, the writer, said ‘… my skin had the quality of an alabaster statue.’

In ‘Red Dust’ (1932) with Clark Gable, I caused a sensation by taking a bath in a rain barrel. I seldom wore a bra and disliked wearing underwear so I went without it whenever possible.

‘Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.’

Marilyn – I posed nude for a calendar 20 years after you. ‘I was broke and needed the money. I’m not ashamed of it.’

I disliked wearing underwear, too, and rarely wore it although I did wear bras. But I slept in the nude. ‘I’m only comfortable when I’m naked.’

Jean – My hair was a natural ash blonde but I had it bleached platinum for the film, ‘Platinum Blonde’ (1931). I became America’s newest sex symbol – the Blonde Bombshell – and kept the platinum color. Pearl Porterfield was the name of my studio hairdresser.

Marilyn‘As a child, I had platinum blond hair and was called tow-head. I hated that and dreamed of having golden hair … until I saw Harlow with beautiful platinum hair like mine.’

I had seen most of Jean’s films as I grew up in Hollywood in the 30s – she was my role model – blonde, pretty, sexy-looking and intelligent. And guess what? Pearl Porterfield became my hairdresser, too.

Everyone on the MGM lot called me, 'Baby' except Clark Gable. He was a very close friend who always called me, 'Sis'.

Stage Name

me – How did you create your stage name?

Jean – Very few people called me Harlean. Most called me Baby. My mother had created my name from her maiden name, Harlow, and first name, Jean. So I took her maiden name for my stage name and became Jean Harlow.

Marilyn – This is getting eerie. I also adopted my mother’s maiden name, Monroe, as my stage name. Ben Lyon, a talent executive at 20th Century Fox suggested my first name, Marilyn – he was fond of alliteration. And I have to admit it was way more sophisticated than Norma Jeane.

Jean – You want to know what is really eerie? Before Ben Lyon became an executive, he was an actor. He was my co-star in ‘Hell’s Angels.’ (They both gasp)

Double Whoopee 1929

Hell's Angels 1930

Hollywood Beginnings

me – How did you get into the movies, Jean?

Jean – I was not looking for an acting career but I needed a job. A girlfriend asked me to go with her to register as an extra with Central Casting. I had bit parts in fourteen different short films in 1929.

Little by little, I was getting bigger although not much better parts. In ‘Double Whoopee’ (1929) for example, I walk into a hotel lobby unaware that the doorman, Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy, has caught my gown in the taxi door, and I arrive at the reception desk wearing only a flimsy slip. That was the beginning of my sex symbol image.

In 1930, Howard Hughes turned his silent film, ‘Hell’s Angels’, into a sound film and gave me a starring role replacing the Norwegian actress, Greta Nissen, who had a strong accent unsuitable for talkies. This World War I epic became a smash hit and my career took off.

Footnote: The premiere of ‘Hell’s Angels’ on May 27, 1930, drew a crowd of more than 50,000 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The film contains an expensive 8-minute, 2-color Technicolor sequence – the only color footage that exists of Jean Harlow.

Jean loved dogs.
Jean loved dogs.
Marilyn loved dogs, too.
Marilyn loved dogs, too.
Paul Bern and Jean Harlow
Paul Bern and Jean Harlow
Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
The infamous 'Seven Year Itch' scene
The infamous 'Seven Year Itch' scene

me – When did you get your first acting opportunity, Marilyn?

Marilyn – In 1947, I had bleached my hair and was modeling swimsuits. Howard Hughes, the head of RKO Studios offered me a screen test but I signed a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox instead for $125 per week. It lapsed a year later.

Then Columbia gave me a six-month contract and a role in ‘Ladies of the Chorus”’(1948) in which I got to sing two songs. I re-signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century and had small parts in two 1950 films – ‘The Asphalt Jungle’ and ‘All about Eve'.’I played ditzy but very sexy blondes.

But it was my starring roles in‘ Niagara’ and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (1953) which launched my career as a sex symbol. The press labeled me ‘the new Harlow.’ (Marilyn and Jean hug each other)

Second Marriage

me – Tell me about your second marriage.

Jean – I married Paul Bern in July 1932 while filming ‘Red Dust.’ Paul was a MGM producer and right-hand man to Irving Thalberg who was the right-hand man to Louis B. Mayer, MGM chief. As you might have guessed, Paul, 42, was twice as old as me and I was attracted by his quiet, intellectual demeanor.

Four months after our marriage, Paul committed suicide. He left a suicide note which read: Dearest dear, Unfortunately this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and wipe out my abject humiliation. I love you. Paul. You understand last night was only a comedy.’ (Jean starts to cry and Marilyn hugs her)

Marilyn – My second husband was the famous New York Yankees baseball player, Joe DiMaggio. I was 28 and he was 40. In 1954, we met on a dinner date arranged by one of his friends, eloped and married. 274 days later we divorced. The grounds? Mental cruelty.

Joe became uncomfortable with my sexy image in the movies which came to a head when I was filming ‘The Seven Year Itch’ in New York City. There is a famous scene in which I stand over a subway grate and gusts from a passing subway car blow up my skirt. The scene required numerous takes and the crowd which had gathered to watch cheered loudly each time. Joe became irate – it was a tipping point. End of marriage.

Hal Rosson and Jean Harlow
Hal Rosson and Jean Harlow
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller

Third Marriage

Jean – After Paul died, I became the center of a messy scandal. There was speculation that he had been impotent or a bigamist (he had a common-law wife). To save my reputation, MGM arranged my marriage to cinematographer Hal Rosson. We were married for six months before we divorced.

Footnote: Rosson lived another 53 years after his divorce from Harlow but he never remarried.

Then I fell in love in 1936 with William Powell, the actor who was my co-star in ‘Libeled Lady’. And an older man, of course. He had just ended a marriage with Carole Lombard, and we became engaged.

We attended the 1936 Academy Awards with my close friend and co-star in six movies, Clark Gable, and his new love, Carole Lombard . . . who was Powell’s ex-wife.

Marilyn – Another coincidence, Jean, I later worked with William Powell in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire'.

My third marriage was to Arthur Miller, the playwright, in 1956 – he was only eleven years older than me. But this marriage also ended in divorce in 1961. I became, how shall I say it? ‘emotionally fragile’ and was admitted to a psychiatric clinic. Joe DiMaggio secured my release and brought me to the Yankees’ Florida spring training camp to recuperate. We remained good friends until the day I died.

At a dinner party Jean continuously addressed Margot Asquith (wife of British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith) as ‘Margot’, pronouncing the ‘t’. Margot finally said to her, ‘No, Jean, the 't' is silent, like in 'Harlow’.

Marilyn Monroe's book

Did Lawford have ESP?

In the video below, Peter Lawford introduces Marilyn who arrived on stage a few moments late, as the 'late Marilyn Monroe.' (She died three months later.)

More Coincidences

me – What would you say are other similarities you both shared?

Jean – The characters I portrayed were ‘sex vultures. I was not a born actress. I had to work hard, listen carefully, and do things over and over again in order to improve.’

My star rose as I played women of loose moral character and my movies made huge money during the Great Depression – but there was just one problem: I hated my sex symbol image.

Marilyn – Me, too. I hated playing ‘dumb, ditzy blondes'. I enrolled at the Actors Studio in New York and studied privately with Lee Strasberg, the director. ‘All I wanted was to be loved, for myself and my talent.’

Jean – We both lived on Palm Drive in Beverly Hills – it was my last residence.

Marilyn – That is a coincidence. I lived on Palm Drive twice – once with my manager and lover, Johnny Hyde, and again, further down the street with Joe DiMaggio during our short marriage.

‘Johnny was more than twice my age … a gentle, kind, brilliant man … who inspired me to read good books and enjoy good music.’

Jean – We both helped a U.S. president celebrate his birthday the same year we died. In one of my last public appearances, I visited the White House in January 1937 for FDR’s annual birthday ball.

Marilyn – And I traveled to New York in May 1962 to sing "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy.

Jean – Clark Gable was my co-star in my last movie, ‘Saratoga’ (1937).

Marilyn – Clark Gable was my co-star, too, in my last movie, ‘The Misfits’ (1961) written by my then-husband, Arthur Miller. Clark died later that year of a heart attack.

Jean – I was a voracious reader and in 1934 with my then-husband Paul Bern, as my mentor, I wrote a romantic novel, ‘Today is Tonight’. ‘It’s about a girl with lots of love who weakens now and then but clings to an ideal. The heroine is based on me.’ (The book was not published until 1965.)

Marilyn – I read everything I could get my hands on, too, and collaborating with screenwriter, Ben Hecht, I wrote a memoir, ‘My Story’. Joe (DiMaggio) was not happy with some of the book’s revelations.

Common Foe

me – Which actress was intensely jealous of you?

Jean – Joan Crawford had been the MGM sexpot for years and when they brought in the Baby (me), she revealed her jealousy over and over to Hollywood writers like Dorothy Manners.

Marilyn – And a generation later, she attacked the ‘scanty attire’ that I wore on the night I won a Photoplay Magazine award for ‘Fastest Rising Star’. She told a reporter that … ‘the public likes provocative feminine personalities. But it also likes to know … the actresses are ladies.’ She was a b…..

Clark Gable and Jean
Clark Gable and Jean
Clark Gable and Marilyn
Clark Gable and Marilyn
William Powell and Jean
William Powell and Jean

Final Film

Jean My final film, ‘Saratoga’, was halted when I collapsed on the set. I was suffering from kidney failure that caused me to retain fluids. Clark (Gable) noticed this when he had to lift me into the upper berth of a Pullman car during a scene. He complained that I weighed more and was harder to lift.

There was still one week of shooting left on the film when I died so my stand-in replaced me in the remaining footage. Clark said the experience was ‘like being in the arms of a ghost’.

Marilyn – My health had been so fragile that I was temporarily fired from my last film, ‘Something’s Got to Give’. Later I was re-hired at a higher salary. Existing footage shows me looking slimmer than ever before, with an almost ethereal beauty. The film remains unfinished.

Mysterious Death

Jean – There were many rumors concerning my early demise June 7, 1937 at the age of 26. One story claimed that repeatedly bleaching my signature platinum blonde hair was the cause of my death. Another laid the blame on my mother’s belief in Christian Science which was false.

I received around-the-clock medical attention but the cause of death was uremic poisoning. There was no cure for renal or kidney failure at that time – no kidney transplants. A contributing factor may have been the scarlet fever I suffered as a child.

My fiancé, William Powell, regularly sent flowers to my resting place in a $25,000 marble crypt he purchased for me.

Marilyn – Theories about the cause of my death at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962 range from accidental drug overdose to various murder scenarios. The coroner stated the cause of death as acute barbiturate poisoning as a result of a ‘probable suicide’.

My ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio, sent roses to my grave three times a week for twenty years.

Thank you, Jean and Marilyn, for sharing so much of yourselves. You both had the awesome ability to combine sensuality with both wit and vulnerability … to be desirable to men and beautiful, without being threatening, to other women.

And you may not have given yourselves enough credit as natural comediennes. The ability to be funny is not easily learned. Audiences responded to you both because you were such fun to watch. Trust me.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2013. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Learn to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network effectively, interview confidently, and negotiate salary.

Jean Harlow Films

Film
Year
Addenda
Saratoga
1937
Final film with Clark Gable
Personal Property
1937
 
Suzy ... Riffraff
1936
 
Wife vs. Secretary
1936
with Clark Gable
Libeled Lady
1936
with William Powell
China Seas
1935
with Clark Gable
The Girl from Missouri
1934
 
Hold Your Man
1933
with Clark Gable
Bombshell ... Dinner at Eight
1933
 
The Beast of the City ... Three Wise Girls ... Red-Headed Woman
1932
 
Red Dust
1932
with Clark Gable
The Secret Six
1931
with Clark Gable
Beau Hunks ... Goldie ... City Lights ... Iron Man ... Platinum Blonde ... The Public Enemy (with James Cagney)
1931
 
Hell's Angels
1930
First starring role
14 short films
1929
Bit parts
Moran of the Marines
1928
 

Marilyn Monroe Films

Film
Year
Co-stars
Something's Got to Give
1962
Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse ... uncompleted film
The Misfits
1961
Clark Gable ... Final film
Let's Make Love
1960
Yves Montand, Tony Randall
Some Like it Hot
1959
Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon ... most successful film
The Prince and the Showgirl
1957
Laurence Olivier
Bus Stop
1956
Don Murray
The Seven Year Itch
1955
Tom Ewell
River of No Return
1954
Robert Mitchum
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
1953
Jane Russell ... nominated for Best Actress Comedy/Musical
How to Marry a Millionaire
1953
Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable
Niagara
1953
Joseph Cotton
Don't Bother to Knock
1952
Richard Widmark, Anne Bancroft ... first starring role
Clash by Night
1952
Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas
Monkey Business
1952
Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers
O.Henry's Full House ... We're Not Married
1952
 
As Young as You Feel ... Hometown Story ... Let's Make it Legal ... Love Nest
1951
 
All about Eve
1950
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
The Asphalt Jungle
1950
 
Right Cross ... A Ticket to Tomahawk ... The Fireball
1950
 
Love Happy
1949
The Marx Brothers
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! ... Ladies of the Chorus
1948
 

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the way you set this up...so very clever and I actually learned a few things about Monroe that I didn't know. Great job my friend. Entertaining and informative....a double bonus. :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Your interviews are compelling, rich with detail and make me feel as if I am watching and listening from your talk show...

I knew a bit about Marilyn but not so much about Baby...I learned a lot ...Voted UP and UABI.

I hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Maria


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Excellent, drbj!

You are one great interviewer. This is so very clever and thorough. I, too, learned a lot about both blonde bombshells.

Very enjoyable read. Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

You caught me off-guard. Nicely researched. Let's see if we can get a few more readers.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Your interviews are classic including this one with Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. My mother loved Jean Harlow and I admired Marilyn Monroe.

You've brought out the similarities between these two blonde bombshells in a way that holds the readers interest. I'm going to share this all over the place including pinterest, twitter and facebook. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting along with a big thanks and a hug for you!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Very entertaining format comparing these two classic beauties. Voted up.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Fascinating compilation of facts and interviews, and interesting comparisons (also very plausible). These two candles burned out far two quickly. Voted up, and shared.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Wow! What amazing interviews! It is fun to read.I enjoyed it.Thanks !I give you for this hub High five and standing ovation!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

What a creative piece! And fascinating to learn about what these two icons had in common!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I don't think I ever saw any of Jean Harlow's films. I love the old, old movies. I'll see if I can get hold of a copy of Saratoga.

Marilyn was a favorite of mine. I loved her in Bus Stop and Some Like it Hot among other. She was a tragic figure for sure. So beautiful....

Voted UP and shared.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Loved your hub and a fun read. THe thing is that technology changes, stars change but people are always the same and feel the same inside.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You've picked two of my favorite actresses! Though I never stopped to think about the similarities, you've obviously shown them to me. As always, these were great "interviews" done tastefully and with a lot of information and research. I'm so glad you wrote this but even more glad I read it!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was the best interview in your series, Drbj. I learned quite a few things that I never realized about these two delightful actresses. Now I want to read their books. Loved William Powell and Clark Gable. One of my aunties from that era married a minor league baseball player. Hmm. She was also a blonde.


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wiqaralishah 3 years ago from Peshawar Pakistan

Amazing Hub I Like it Very Much Voted up and share


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a fun way to learn so much information. Voted up.


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Petra Vlah 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Most interesting postmortem interview with two of the most fascinating and controversial stars that ever graced the screen. The coincidences are eerie and make those life story even more interesting and your interview even more enjoyable. The amount of information you provided is overwhelming and the research that went into this piece is extraordinary. Even for the ones who know your exceptional talent and psychic abilities, this interview goes at the very top of the series. Love you, my dear and can't wait for more of the same


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

You are without a doubt, the best interviewer! ( true ) I was familiar with some of Marilyn's biography but not Jean Harlow. It is amazing how much alike they were. Thank you for a really fun read.....


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CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Well when I saw the title 'Interview with Blonde Bombshells' I did wonder when you were going to come around to my place with your notebook and tape recorder drbj lol! One day hubbers will be as glamorous as Hollywood Stars!

Fascinating stuff as always, and I think that we tend to forget how few years ago that ailments like kidney failure were untreatable. Thanks for an interesting read


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

It is really puzzling to know how people apart a generation could be alike. Very nice and comprehensive factual hub.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting and informative hub, drbj. I enjoyed reading about the lives of these actresses. It's a shame that they both had such sadness mixed in with their success.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I really enjoyed the interview of two of the most famous blondes of that era. I doubt either one of them was really very happy in their lives, but their lives had a lot of parrellels. You were quite outstanding of course. voted up!!!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Very entertaining. I learned a lot. How amazing these two actresses were.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Bill, for appreciating my 'clever' format. Happy you learned a few things about Marilyn you did not know. Entertaining and informative are my twin missions, y'know. Your comments were a double bonus to me.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What an inspiring comment, Maria, ... making you feel as if you were watching/listening to my talk show. So happy to introduce you to those details of Baby's life. Thank you for your esteemed presence here and the Up vote, m'dear. Hope your weekend is great, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Faith. Thanks for enjoying this read ... I'm delighted you learned a lot about the respective bombshells. I was surprised when I learned how many parallels existed between them. Thank you for the Up and the sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I didn't think anyone could catch you off-guard, Martin. Not with your perceptive acumen as displayed in your clever limericks. Yes, a few more readers are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Most enjoyable interview! Both were role models - I do have them in the same category as Lady Diana. As always, totally excellent :)


supers49 3 years ago

You forgot to include me LOL


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Audrey - we do have a lot in common. My mother was fond of Jean and I enjoyed Marilyn's movies. And we both loved Clark Gable! Thanks for appreciating my version of the similarities between these two dynamic blonde stars.

And a gigantic thanks for sharing all over the place - you ARE a sweetie pie, y'know. Here's a large hug backatcha.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Your positive avatar, FlourishAnyway, says it all. It's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for the visit and finding this format entertaining. And the Up!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Marcy, these two stars left us much too soon. Thanks for finding this compilation fascinating and noting the interesting, plausible comparisons. I was continuously surprised by how many similarities there were between these two blonde beauties. Thanks for the Up and the sharing, m'dear.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi drbj.

This was such an enlightening read. It is quite remarkable how similar the lives of two ladies who lit up the movie screen I have a huge picture of Marilyn ...the one of her in her famous white dress. hanging in my hallway. It belonged to my niece who passed away suddenly 4 years ago...she was a Marilyn fan from way back.

Thanks for sharing this....Angels are on the way Happy Sunday :) ps


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

H drbj, I never realised the similarities and yet the differences between their childhoods before, fascinating read, and I love your interviews! nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, James. Delighted you enjoyed this interview and thanks for the high five and the standing ovation. With comments like that, you are a gentleman and a scholar and more than welcome any time. Hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That's exactly what I thought, Theater girl - how fascinating the research was as I learned of these icons' respective similarities and coincidences in their lives. Thanks for finding it creative.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, mary. Jean was very magnetic on screen - like Marilyn. Amazon carries some of her films but not the entire collection.

And Marilyn was one of my favorites, too. She was more intelligent than most people realized and a natural comedienne. Bus Stop, The Misfits and Some Like it Hot were three of her best films in my opinion. It was amazing to learn how similar their lives were ... and their deaths, which happened much too soon. Thanks for the Up and the sharing, m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, carol, for loving this hub and finding it a fun read. You are absolutely correct ... technology may change and stars may change but people essentially change very little.

Except for hair-dos, shoes and fashions, that is.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I'm engrossed with reading this hub -- I love your delivery! All I knew that Harlow and Monroe were both just blonde sex symbols (only in different eras), but I am not aware of the many other similarities they had. Thanks for posting. Up and interesting. :)


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Amazing comparison. I always wondered about Joe DiMaggio sending those roses to Marilyn's gravesite for so long...would her life have turned out different if she had decided to stay with him? :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So happy to see you here, Mary, since you are most def the HP Movie Maven. Thank you for your gracious comments. I'm glad I wrote this and that you read it, too, especially since I have long admired both these lovely film icons.

Thank you for the Up, the adjectives and the sharing. You are the best!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So this was the best interview in my series, Peg? Then I can take a sabbatical for a short time. Right? So happy that you also felt these two actresses were delightful to watch. And Powell and Gable were the hunks of their day.

BTW, is your blonde auntie still married to that baseball player? Just wonderin'. Baseball players probably make good husbands cause they are always happy to wind up back home. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, wigaralishah, you do know the right things to say. And thanks for the Up and the sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, ocfireflies. I've always believed that the best way to learn new information is to have fun doing it. Thanks, m'dear, for the confirmation and the Up vote.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How are you, dear Petra? Yes, Harlow and Monroe were definitely two of the 'most fascinating and controversial stars that ever graced the screen' as you pointed out. I already knew many personal details about them, but could not believe how many coincidences and similarities existed in their respective lives.

Thank you for your most gracious comments appreciating my research - you most definitely have made my day with 'exceptional talent and psychic abilities.' Delighted you enjoyed this. I can't wait to see what I think of next. :) Love, backatcha, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Awwww, Ruby, 'the best interviewer'? I bet you say that to all the interview writers (mentally stubbing my toe in feigned humility). The life stories of Jean and Marilyn do have a number of eerie coincidences. So happy you found this fun to read. Me, too. To write, that is.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So, Cynthia - are you ready for your 'blonde bombshell' interview? Just say the word, m'dear. What a neat idea! Perhaps I'll do mischievous Hubber interviews one day.

You are so right - with new developments in medical advances happening on a regular basis, it is easy to forget how primitive medical care was just a few short years ago. Thanks, m'luv, for finding this an interesting read.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, pinto. I agree. It is definitely a 'puzzlement' to learn that these two super-famous movie stars born almost two decades apart could be so alike in so many ways. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia - thanks for the visit. Delighted you enjoyed the read about the lives of these two icons of the silver screen. They both enjoyed rare success in the movies and numerous tragedies in their personal lives.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, dear Pamela. Delighted you enjoyed this interview with these famous blonde bombshells. It seems that whatever pleasant moments they had in their lives, tragedy was not far from the scene. And I was amazed by the eerie coincidences in their lives. Almost as if one was channeling the other.

Love the 'outstanding,' m'dear, and thanks for the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, KKGals. Thanks for stopping my, m'dear, happy you found this entertaining as well as learning a lot. 'Amazing' is definitely the correct adjective to describe Jean and Marilyn.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie. Thanks for enjoying this interview. Yes, both these exceptional actresses were role models of their time. Wow! - the same category as Lady Diana? - that is a plus! Thank you for the 'totally excellent,' m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I would never forget to include you, Sherry, my dearest daughter. You are the loveliest, most beautiful, sweetest BFF in my life! Trust me!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a coincidence, Patricia, that you have a huge picture of Marilyn in your home, and what a lovely way to remember your niece who was a fan. I knew a number of facts about these two remarkable movie stars but I had no idea how many similarities there were in their lives until I began the research. Unbelievable!

Delighted that you found it an enlightening read. Sharing it was my pleasure, m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Nell, for loving my interviews and I love you for loving them. Happy you found this hub fascinating. Jean and Marilyn were two very special movie icons.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You do have an intriguing profile name, Idigwebsites. Nice to make your acquaintance. Thanks for being engrossed in this interview and loving my delivery. I love that comment. The many coincidences in their lives makes for fascinating reading. Thank you for the Up and interesting.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I knew you would find these comparisons amazing, Scribenet. It's hard to tell if Marilyn's life would have ended differently if she and Joe were not divorced. I believe he remained deeply in love with her but could not remained married to her because of her sex symbol status and the notoriety it engendered.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I always thought it was so sad that she seemed to be looking for love and failed to recognize it when she seemed to have had it. Fame isn't all it is cooked up to be.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Scribenet, in her own words, Marilyn once said: 'All I ever wanted was to be loved for myself ... and my talent.' Fame sometimes gets in the way.


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

I love the way you turned facts into interesting interviews. I learned a lot and felt as though I got some "inside info." Great job, as usual!


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You did a near perfect job with this interview with such fascinating ladies. Both of them were great stars and will never be forgotten.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

So many coincidences and similarities. I didn't realize Jean Harlow died at the age of 26. Great body of work here, must have done a lot of research. Voted +


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Drbj, your supernatural channeling powers never cease to amaze me. Would you please try to channel Edgar Cayce sometime. What an awesome drbj interview you'd gift your fans with on that one! But, then again perhaps he is unreachable being already reincarnated.

Anyway, these were extremely interesting interviews with the screen goddesses. Lots of new info here being a bit of a connoisseur of Golden Age Hollywood. What could Bern have meant by that enigmatic final letter to Jean? Perhaps only her heavenly hairdresser knows for sure. Both these guests certainly had all the attributes you mention in your conclusion, drbj. Superb one m'lady.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, dear Holle, for loving the way I turned facts into interesting interviews. That was exactly my intention so I do appreciate your validation. And you did get inside info, m'luv, trust me. Thanks for the visit and the very kind words.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You described Jean and Marilyn perfectly, chris. They were both great stars who will never be forgotten. And fascinating to the nth degree. Thanks for stopping by.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Fossillady. Yes, Jean died much too young at 26. I knew there were similarities between her life and that of Marilyn Monroe but did not realize its extent until I did lots and lots of research. Thanks for noticing, m'dear, and for the vote +.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How are you, Alastar ... and how is your book? I have long wondered about the meaning behind Bern's (?) suicide note as have many, many others. Guess I'll have to dig him up, pardon the expression, and ask him personally. :)

Thanks for enjoying these interesting interviews with these two screen goddesses, and for commenting on my descriptive conclusion. Your visits are much appreciated, y'know.

As to Edgar Cayce - perhaps one day.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Actually when I was a little boy I was a blonde bombshell and I had hair like Harpo Marx, lol.

Once again you have claimed your legendary status with your legendary interview series in a unique and witty way that no one else but you can do.

I always love your research and your homework and your writing is always an excellent teaching tool as well because you are enlightening us with stories of the famous and the infamous.

Thank you for all what you do - you are a hub treasure and even better, my friend as well.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats out on the deck with last cup of coffee and maple pecan coffee cake (yum yum) at lake erie time canada 11:08am


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Blonde hair like Harpo, Colin? I believe it! And you are still a bombshell when it comes to epigrammatic wit, flair and style. Trust me!

Thank you once again, my dear friend, for the 'legendary' status and your most sublime comments. It is my pleasure to research and interview those famous/infamous celebrities to learn more about them to share.

Sending you and the kitties very warm wishes from this very warm climate and save me a shard of that maple pecan coffee cake. How did you know it is my very favorite?

I will be 'out of pocket' for two weeks beginning tomorrow but promise to catch up with every single one of your epigram masterpieces when I return. Trust me!


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I don't know how I missed this fabulous read. The ladies were incredibly interesting and talented as is the author of this piece. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Such a clever interview and presentation! You do provide lots of information and the similarities are really striking. I guess Hollywood hadn't any reason to destroy their successful 'blond bombshell mold'. Great hub! Voted up and shared.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

There are coincidences and similes between these two screen legends that are eerie, drj, and you captured them in a fascinating way. You have blended superb research and presentation skills in this interview that is more than compelling. Excellent! :-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you found these lovely ladies 'incredibly interesting,' bp. Thank you for your kind comments, adjectives and Up, m'dear. It's always my pleasure to have you visit, y'know.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, Mike. Yes, the similarities and coincidences between the lives of Harlow and Monroe ARE striking. Blonde bombshells always seem to sell movie tickets. Thanks for your gracious comments, sharing and the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree, Genna, the coincidences seemed eerie to me, too. Thank you for your awesome comments and superlative adjectives. I would put them in my memory book but I can't find it! Heh, heh.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Wow, is this a great post... both ladies are favorites of mine ( surprise, surprise ) and I enjoyed learning more about their background . Your interview approach works well, and it's a FUN read. terrific! :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Chris, been missing you and your eye-candy hubs. Somehow I knew both lovely actresses might have had a place in your heart. Thanks for liking my interview approach and finding it a terrific fun read. ;)


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi drbj - as a kid, I was a big fan of classic movies and do believe that I've seen every one you mentioned. Though I was very young when Marilyn died, I remember crying. It was the first celebrity death that touched me. She so lit up the screen. Her humanity and vulnerability impressed me even as a 9 year old and every once in a while I still need a dose of Monroe. She was the ultimate movie star.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely Monroe fan you are, Dolores. You mentioned two of the qualities that made her star material - humanity and vulnerability. I would add a third - sensuality, unconscious but projected - which together gave her unmatched charisma. She was a true movie star and left us much too soon. Thanks for your visit, m'dear.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I was a fan of Marilyn Monroe although I have seen some of the films of Jean Harlow. The best film that I like from Monroe was the Bus Stop. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub about those beautiful actresses. Well done!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, dear Thelma. As a Monroe and Harlow fan, I agree that 'Bus Stop' may have been one of Marilyn's best-acted films - a quality that few people gave her credit for. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is a wonderful hub drbj. Your interview concept is a very unique and interesting way of getting the information across and making it more personal. It really seemed as though these two great actresses were still here and discussing their lives and deaths with you. Well done again.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jodah. Thank you for your gracious comments. And for understanding my interviewing concept. In order to make my victims, er, subjects more interesting I decided to write as if I were personally interviewing them. Whether they were alive like the actor, Channing Tatum, deceased like Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Al Capone and 40 others, or animals like the proboscis monkey, star-nosed mole, naked mole rate, etc., etc.

Appreciate the visit and the well done.

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