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Platinum Doll Paperback – January 26, 2016
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"A fascinating, page-turning, behind-the-scenes look at what it took to be a celebrity in early Hollywood." -Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe and Twain's End
"[Girard] brings Harlow to life." -The Globe and Mail
"An engrossing look at a Hollywood icon. I couldn't put it down." -Karleen Koen, New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly
"Jean's is a moving story of love and hard choices, and she leaps off these pages shining as bright as her signature platinum hair." -Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin and Enchantress of Paris
"A novel of glittering Hollywood, Platinum Doll will entrance readers as Harlow entranced the world." -Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"A gem of a book." –The Historical Novel Society
About the Author
Anne Girard is a writer and historian with degrees in English literature and clinical psychology. She has spent extensive time in Paris and lives in California with her husband and children.
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After reading about the early years of her career, I want to track down her old movies and see what she actually was like on screen. I highly recommend this novel and was so glad I read it.
Girard tells the story of a shy but eager young girl who comes to Hollywood at age sixteen with her brand-new, equally young, husband. This is their love story, really, and is what makes the book such a wonderful read.
For all the while Jean is scrabbling to get a real working job as an actress, hitting the auditions, happening in on some lucky breaks, arguing with her mother who arrives in hot pursuit of her beloved but bullied daughter, trying to hold all the strings of her increasingly complicated life together, her love affair with her husband weaves both a gentle and fearful spell for the reader.
Jean is often overwhelmed. Her mother and husband dislike each other. The studios try to control her destiny in ways with which she is not comfortable. However, due to money issues, she is forced to back down over and over.
But this determined young woman prevails, and by the end of the book she is imprinting her hands in Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
There is a lyrical and gentle quality to Girard's writing, which speaks to the woman Harlow apparently was. There is a gaiety, freshness, feistiness and playfulness too, reminding us at every turn just how very young she was. She was a formidable woman in the making, though, because even though her young marriage was lost, Jean Harlow went on to become one of the greatest stars in the world.
Anne Girard's book is a wonderful read, and to add to the delicious flavor of the amazing story, it is filled with luscious period details, from Harlow's clothes, the restaurants of the day, to the architecture of early Hollywood, to tidbits about the early stars.
I couldn't put it down.
I like the way Girard presents the whole person, not a dressed up Hollywood version. I sure that Jean Harlow would have appreciated that treatment. I could not help but feel sorry for a person with so much personal baggage while admiring he passion for acting.
Put down the name Anne Girard, you will want to follow this woman's career!