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Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937 Hardcover – March 3, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Angel City Press (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883318963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883318963
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is really a beautiful coffee table sized book with fabulous photos.
Debra Dycaico
Darrell Rooney is one of the foremost collectors of Harlow memorabilia and Mark Vieira is one of the foremost authorities on classic Hollywood.
Kenton L. Bymaster
It has some very nice photos as well as being very detailed about her life.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Kenton L. Bymaster on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible from cover to cover!! Darrell Rooney is one of the foremost collectors of Harlow memorabilia and Mark Vieira is one of the foremost authorities on classic Hollywood. Together they have created a fascinating portrait of Screen Legend Jean Harlow, this book is filled with rare, never before seen photos and tons of information never before available to readers. You get a real chance to experience a slice of Harlow's life, where she ate, socialized, lived etc. If you have ever wanted to find out more about the Silver Screen legend, this book will be your guide, the text is well researched and wonderfully written and the pictures are phenominal!!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on March 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Many Congratulations to Darrell & Mark on a job well done. Fans have been asking for a large-format Harlow picture bio for DECADES, and now it's finally here.....and well worth the wait. Every picture has been meticulously chosen to avoid the redundancy of giving the fans photos they've seen over and over on Ebay and in other books. I've been a devoted Harlow fanatic for 15 years, and I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of photos I've never seen included throughout this book.

Mark & Darrell have not only done Harlow & her fans a great service, but all students of early 20th century cinema will find much to cherish here. This tome is not only mandatory for Harlow devotees, but should be required reaading for anyone interested in the day to day life of a major superstar in the era of the studio system.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lady Grey on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One of the most beautiful book to grace my home. A superb photograph collection beyond compare. I am in awe of Jean Harlow's beauty and her film career. The written word equals the elegance of this work of art and love.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Drennon on March 17, 2011
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This is the perfect Hollywood book.
The text is thoroughly researched, well written, and done with a passion for the subject.
The photographs range from Jean's childhood through her funeral (and even beyond, including a portrait commissioned by her mother after Jean's death); and a variety from her private life and film work. The writers even took the time to visit some of Jean Harlow's homes, making a "then and now" comparison.
As others have stated, there are some wonderful, exceptionally rare photographs, including one with Robert Taylor taken in a car while the two are being driven to The White House, and some great candids of her with fans.
The book itself is lushly printed on fine paper, and even the dust jacket's photograph of Jean has her dress in a shimmering "relief" format, a small, but very classy touch.
For Jean Harlow's 100th Birthday, she could not ask to be better remembered than with HARLOW IN HOLLYWOOD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2011
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I pre-ordered this book fully expecting that it would be good, but it totally exceeded my expectations. While authors Rooney and Viera define it in its title/subtitle as the story of Harlow's Hollywood career, it is more aptly Harlow's life story told via archival pictures and text culled from a variety of sources and written with the assistance of surviving family members and accounts from friends and contemporaries,film historians and archivalists, and the current owners of Harlow's homes and property.
I could rattle on indefinitely about all the things I loved about this book, but it basically can be broken down by the roughly termed categories of writing, photos and illustrations, and overall layout.
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Based upon the sourcing listed at the back of the book, the authors appear to have relied on a variety of reputable sources to assemble the story of Harlow's short but well-lived life, which included (and this I found both interesting and meaningful) accounts by classmates in reference to Harlow's early years and the extent to which her mother not only influenced her but isolated her. The book is crammed with bits and pieces of information such as the mother figuratively and literally eliminating Jean's father from her life. The book provides an interesting look at Harlean Carpenter(aka Jean Harlow) who appeared to be an accomplished cook and hostess and essentially a mid-west gal at heart who hung around with a lot of ordinary people when away from the Hollywood glamour. It also provides a view of Harlow as a consumate professional who soldiers on despite her second husband's questionable death and the potential scandal surrounding that death and a fatal illness during the filming of Saratoga, and the non-stop demands of her mother and grifter stepfather.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By martyoooo on March 10, 2011
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From the moment you hold this spectacular book in your hands you are transported to another era --- an era where beauty and charm held rein. This large coffee table-sized book is a feast for both the eyes and the heart. It's a loving and caring tribute to one of Hollywood's most beloved and cherished icons of the Depression years. The large collection of never-before-seen photographs is complemented by the most informative and accurate detailing of Harlow's life that has ever been presented. The combined efforts of Rooney and Vieira, both legendary Hollywood historians in their own right, have given film fans and Hollywood buffs a book to treasure for years. You will want to buy two --- one for your library and one for your coffee table. My hat is off to these extraordinary authors for finally giving the world a beautiful and accurate account of the life of Jean Harlow, the Baby.
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