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'Jean Genies' by Ken Martin

‘Jean Genies’ by Ken Martin

American Bombshells: Marilyn and Jean Harlow, my latest addition to the ‘Marilyn’s Heroes’ series, can now be read at Immortal Marilyn. While researching and writing the article, I was struck by the empathy Marilyn felt for Harlow and the string of coincidences and uncanny parallels between their lives.

Jean Harlow was the original ‘blonde bombshell’ and a gifted comedienne. Her films are quite hard to find but are worth tracking down on Amazon.com, and are regularly screened on TCM. For further reading, I can recommend David Stenn’s Bombshell (for his definitive text) and Eve Golden’s Platinum Girl (for the pictures.) And online, film historian Lisa Burks has created ‘The Platinum Page’, an excellent website and blog devoted to Harlow’s life and work.

In other news, I have decided to conduct a series of interviews with writers and other people who interest me. My first subject will be David Marshall, author of The DD Group and Life Among The Cannibals. So please do revisit soon or subscribe (see top of page) to keep up with future developments, and as always, thanks to my loyal readers for your support.