The Golden Age of Hollywood

Here's the question; Jean Harlow died so very young, with her life full of so much promise. If she HAD lived, do you think she could have gone on making films & being a popular film star--or would she have faded into obscurity like some others??? What do you think? Let's hear from you!

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I like to think that if she had married William Powell, she would have
maybe made a few films and then retired to married life. Hopefully
with a husband that gave her confidence she may have been
able to break from her mother - she never seemed an overly
ambitious person and I think she would have revelled in a normal
family life.
I'd like to think the same. But that was not to be. for some reason that we will never know, he didn't want marriage with her. He probably remembered his early marriage to Eileen Wilson---SHE was a stage actress & it didn't work. Divorce. Then Carole Lombard. That didn't last very long---Divorce. He probably thought that marriage between 2 actors was too hard to make a go of it. Maybe SHE didn't want to quit films to be a wife...We'll never know. Ironically, his last wife was an actress, although not a really big star, and she retired a little bit after their marriage, and it lasted till his death in 1984! But the buzz was Jean was seen around town in 1937 with another boyfreind admirer, so maybe it was ended. Show biz is hard on married life!

Hello Marcus. I didn't know all that information. I don't know
a huge amount about Jean and what I have read places her
up with Clara Bow in the niceness catagory. I would also say
that Carole and Jean where both blonde bombshells and as
you say maybe, Powell wondered if a marriage to Jean could
have lasting happiness. And again he was much older as all
her husbands seemed to be - I hope, if Jean had lived, she
would have found some stability and happiness.
I think Powell treated Jean pretty badly at times (ie: lack of education, her taste, etc) and she was getting pretty disturbed by it as the relationship seemed very one sided to her. (Remember he did marry "Mousie" who was a starlet with not the renown of Harlow or a Lombard) Powell's ego was bruised, I believe, from being "Mr. Lombard" which figured in the marriage of Carole & Powell. I think that Jean may have done what Myrna Loy did--reduce the amount of films, get married--maybe children since she wanted them, and gradually 'bow out' except to those films that she felt were best for her and she would have been a free lancer. That's my idea, for what it is worth.


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