Distant Echoes Finding Keys To Life After Abuse kI said I am a newbie to anything related to Jean Harlow I also loved the lush glamorous atmosphere which the writer recreated very well It does feel like you are in that time periodWhile not my favorite book in the world this was a fun read and I d recommend it A beautifully told story about Jean Harlow the original blond bombshell and the romantic era of Hollywood Jean Harlow the effervescent MGM starlet of the 1930 s wasnown as both Platinum Doll and Platinum Blonde I new
Very Little About This little about this even though her photos and name have maintained celebrity and recognition even after her untimely death at the age of twenty six from idney failure This biographical novel does poetic justice to the young woman who moved from Missouri with her brand new husband Charles at the age of sixteen Blessed with a trust fund Charles sought to give his bride the home she wanted in Los Angeles where she had lived with her divorced mother who had dreams of becoming an actress As her husband dallied and drank with the local smart set Harlean McGrew her real name inadvertently was noticed by a casting agent in the Brown Derby Restaurant Jean Harlow was actually her mother s maiden name Her mother had enormous influence on her daughter aside from Harlean s rebellious act of wedding without approval As Harlean s career blossomed Charles insecurity and drinking increased the mother s interference became intrusive and the marriage became increasingly unstable Howard Hughes made Jean Harlow a notable star signing her to a pitifully low paying contract as he raked in huge profit from the film Hell s Angels Once MGM bought out her contract Harlow and Clark Gable became a favourite comedic film duo in many financially successful films Her marriage resulted in divorce She was an intelligent sassy and compassionate girl The girl Harlean was a bookworm reading The Odyssey for pleasure She was a uick study gifted with a fantastic memory and never a diva Although she had not intended to take up acting as she became invested in Jean Harlow the actress she became intent on success The novel is a uick read but satisfying biographical fiction The author has attempted to infer Jean Harlow s emotional reactions in some cases which blend smoothly with the overall picture given by her research I appreciated all of the historical information and her Acknowledgments where she clarified her research sources and slight deviations for impact which I believe to be very important for historical fiction of any type Four stars A gentle story of early Hollywood I ve longed admired Jean Harlow There s just something about her that is mesmerizing and infectious She was someone who seemed to glow from within While I am no expert and haven t seen all her films I still have an idea of who she might have been I was so excited for the opportunity to read Platinum Doll but as I was reading the thrill decreased until it was goneMs Girard s portrayal of Jean Harlow born Harlean Harlow Carpenter is hollow naive and full of wide eyed wonder at everything While I will buy the latter two to a certain degree I can t help feeling that Harlean was savvier and in control than described in the book She never grew in the book and yes there was lip service that she had but it wasn t felt Everything seemed to fall into her lap or it was dumb luck It never felt that Harlean had much gumption or incentive to go for it Now that s not something I Believe Is True Someone Who Takes On A Dare Dyes is true Someone who takes on a dare dyes hair a Strong 35A novel about Jean Harlow early in her career The book focused on her first marriage which I found very interesting The book ended just as Harlow was a superstar I have read a lot of books about old Hollywood and I remember reading that Harlow was pretty well liked especially among the crews because she seems to have been pretty down to earth but I don t think she was as naive as she is portrayed here The relationship with her mother is interesting and stands up to what I have read Everyone may have loved Baby Harlows nickname but they all hated her mother I enjoyed the book a uick read I now next to nothing about Jean
and this sounded sort of like Hollywood meets Great Gatsby so I was super excited to read it Girard s writing style impressed me right away A book like this needs some sparkle and glamour whe. Opportunity comes with its own set of burdens Torn between her family and her passion to perform Jean is forced to confront the difficult truth;that fame comes at a price if only she's willing to pay it Amid a glittering cast of ingenues and Hollywood titans Clara Bow Clark Gable Laurel and Hardy Howard Hughes Platinum Doll introduces us to the star who would shine brighter than them Find this and other reviews at first experience with author Anne Girard took place in 2014 when I read Madame Picasso The book impressed me and played a large part in prompting my interest in Platinum Doll I new next to nothing about Jean Harlow when offered an advanced reader s edition of the book but I love old Hollywood and new I d enjoyed Girard s style of writing Long story short I accepted the offer and uickly lost myself in Girard s interpretation of Jean s story The narrative itself follows Jean s life from 1927 to 1932 covering the course of her marriage to Charles Chuck McGrew and the rise of her professional career Girard emphasizes the tumultuous relationship of a young couple who don t see eye to eye and a domineering mother who is hell bent on vicariously living her dreams through the success of her only child Historically I found the novel illuminating but I feel the strength of the narrative is in Girard s illustration of these relationships and the emotion turmoil they create in JeanChuck was a hard character for me personally but my struggle to appreciate him highlighted how realistically he d been written There is a painful authenticity to him but at the end of the day I felt his character added much to the narrative I found Mother Jean eually difficult and on than occasion I found myself wishing someone would slap Her Across The Face across the face even I felt Girard s ability to manipulate my emotions spoke to her abilities as a storyteller Last but certainly not least I found Jean both complex and endearing Her personality is sweet and I felt the candid nature of Girard s illustration inviting There is a certain ambiguity to her professional motivations but I greatly appreciated her character just the same Atmospherically I think the novel uite fun Girard takes her readers into the offices of Howard Hughes onto the back lots of MGM and into the famed glamour of The Brown Derby Several golden age and silent film star enjoy cameo roles in the narrative but I felt the most notable were those minor scenes featuring Clark Gable Unlike Harlow I ve studied the actor and saw a spark in Girard s rendering of his personality and personaWhen all is said and done I feel the time I spent with this piece rewarding Platinum Doll is a striking and poignant illustration of a remarkable young woman An irresistible novel that effortlessly evokes the glamour and sophistication of Hollywood during its Golden Age Find my full review at s something fascinating to me about peaking behind the glamour and spectacle of the golden age of Hollywood and seeing the grit disappointment and sacrifice hidden beneath I haven t read a book yet or seen a movie set during this uniue time and place that doesn t highlight the hardships that come with the privileged life those that make it come to experience This can sometimes come across to me as poor me I m so rich and sad but that isn t the case at all with Anne Girard s Platinum Doll In this lovely novel of the life of Jean Harlow the reader is thrust into the heart and mind of this complex and incredibly admirable woman and made to truly appreciate all she did to make her dreams come true Right off the bat I have to say that I absolutely LOVE Girard s depiction of Harlean aka Jean Harlow I didn t now very much about her before but from the very beginning I Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance knew I was going to like her She starts off as this bookish teen that was so vivacious loving and full of hope for what the future could hold that it was completely infectious Watching her tentatively go after this exciting new adventure in Hollywood and realize at such a young age 17 that she can be a wife daughter and actress was inspiring even as Inew it couldn t last I ached for both her and her husband as they struggled to find their footing in a world where they had very different expectations for the future and I Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings kept hoping they would find a way to get the help they needed and make it work even with the villain in my opinion of the story doing everything in her power to push them apart Coming to this villain it has been a while since I ve disliked a character as much as I did Harlean s mom Jean yes they were both Jean Harlow once Harlean made it her stage name but Anne Girard does a remarkable job ofeeping the reader from getting confused between the two Mama Jean. Set against the dazzling backdrop of Golden Age Hollywood novelist Anne Girard tells the enchanting story of Jean Harlow one of the most iconic stars in the history of filmIt's the Roaring Twenties and seventeen year old Harlean Carpenter McGrew has run off to Beverly Hills She's chasing a dream;to escape her small Midwestern life and see her name in lightsIn California Harlean has ever. .
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download Ç eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ Anne GirardIs just vile to me being as manipulative greedy and pig headed as one could imagine The only real character flaw I found in Harlean was her inability to stand up to her mother and willingness to forgive her again and again when she new full well the horrible things her mother had done and the unbelievable lengths she went to to make Harlean the
star her mother never had the chance to be However it must be noted that I don t think Iher mother never had the chance to be However it must be noted that I don t think I have such strong feelings about this character if I didn t care so much for Harlean and I also don t think she would have become the woman she did without the trials she faced that were influenced by her mother s actions As Harlean ages she matures and is determined to make a life for herself as well as her family despite the various challenges thrown at her and how can I not admire that While Harlean her husband Chuck and Harlean s mother and step father are the central figures of this story I would be remiss if I didn t mention that so many other exciting people walk through and make there marks as well We get to meet Clara Bow Laurel and Hardy Howard Hughes Louis B Mayer and so many I ve always had a pretty big crush on Clark Gable and that feeling is definitely cemented with his depiction in Platinum Doll With so many names coming and going through the story some I was already familiar with and some that were new to me I spent an inordinate amount of time looking through old pictures of all these fascinating people and then going back and visualizing them within the story This is one of my favorite things about historical fiction and the fact that Girard had me continually mesmerized by these people really speaks to her abilities to bring these people back to life Aside continually mesmerized by these people really speaks to her abilities to bring these people back to life Aside the incredibly fleshed out characters the vibrant setting was just as captivating to me Girard absolutely brings this world to life from the homes in Beverly Hills to the Brown Derby and Cocoanut Club to Grauman s Chinese Theatre and I had no problem picturing myself right there with the stars even though I have never been there It is such an awe inspiring setting and was the perfect background to while away the hoursPlatinum Doll is perfect historical fiction brimming with alluring real life characters and settings filled in with drama emotion and language that fills in the gaps that history has long forgotten or wouldn t have documented Whether you re new to Jean Harlow s story as I was or already uite familiar with her I think there is so much to love within these pages Highly recommended I now someone whose grandfather worked as a makeup artist in MGM and he said the most beautiful actress he had ever seen after working there almost all his life was Harlow Look at how the stars tear up at the Harlow segment of When a Lion Roars or the tributes included about her in Loy s book she think her mother Gramatica de baza a limbii romane k 375 Stars PLATINUM DOLL is a novel based on actress Jean Harlow s rise to fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood In the late 1920s she goes to California as a teenage bride from the Midwest The book follows her turbulent marriage to Chuck McGrew and the struggles she had with her ruthless mother who pushed and pushed an acting career not always having her best interest at heartI enjoy reading about this era and this book presents an intriguing and well researched slice of life of a promising Golden Age starlet I liked the author s portrayal of Jean Harlow part blonde bombshell part book nerd though I wish she would ve had of a backbone whe In spite of her newfound celebrity Harlean still believed herself to be the property of others a circumstance from which she longed to break free Anne Girard Platinum Doll35 starsI enjoyed reading about Jean Harlow Inew very little about her before I read this book although my parents are always commenting on her beauty and stage presenceThe book takes you through Jean s life from her attempting to break into Hollywood to her success to her tension filled relationship with her husbandAs much as I enjoyed the book it was a difficult read for me because so much of what took place in the book was about Jean s marriage Ultimately the aspects of the book that I really found compelling were when her husband was less a part of the story as I enjoyed reading about Jean s rise to the topIt was very informative reading as like. Ything a girl could want;a rich husband glamorous parties socialite friends;except an outlet for her talent But everything changes when a dare pushes her to embrace her true ambition to be an actress on the silver screen With her timeless beauty and striking shade of platinum blond hair Harlean becomes Jean Harlow And as she's thrust into the limelight Jean learns that this new world of.