Clark Gable Co-Star Jean Harlow's Tragic Death While Filming ‘Saratoga’ - Official Cause of Death & Alternative Theories
The original Hollywood blonde bombshell Jean Harlow’s sudden death at only 26 prompted speculation around what could’ve killed her. Could the chemical combination use to dye her staple platinum hair have killed her?
Before Norma Jean became Marilyn Monroe, at took over the silver screens of 1950s America and later worldwide; there was someone who inspired her, and many people don’t know.
Her name is Jean Harlow, born Harlean Carpenter, on March 3, 1911, in Kansas City. Harlean took her mother’s name -- that was actually Jean Harlow -- and took it to the screens with her.
THE RISING OF A STAR
Mother Jean; as she called herself after her daughter Harlean took over her name, always dreamed of becoming a movie star. She never succeeded and so transferred her dream to her daughter.
When Harlean, now Jean Harlow, moved to Beverly Hills with her first of three husbands when she was 16, she was discovered by Fox executives.
But her big break came on Howard Hughes's “Hell's Angels.” Harlow replaced the original actress, the Norwegian star Greta Nissen, mostly because she had a heavy accent.
Harlow’s famous platinum locks weren’t natural. The star dyed her hair weekly with a hairstylist who used a harsh and harmful chemical mixture of Clorox, ammonia, Lux flakes, and peroxide. Marylin Monroe would later hire Harlow’s hairstylist to achieve the same platinum blonde hue.
THE TRAGEDY OF REAL-LIFE
A few weeks after the wedding, Bern was found dead from an alleged suicide. Shortly after, the studio arranged a marriage between her and the cinematographer Harold Rosson.
Jean Harlow was misdiagnosed until a doctor found out the reason for many of her symptoms. Harlow died two days after the kidney disease diagnosis, on June 7, 1937, at the young age of 26.
For passing away at such young age, some people believed that what killed Harlow could’ve been other reasons, including the chemical cocktail that slowly destroyed her.
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