Congratulations to “Harlean’s Heyday”

We’re a few days late, but the Pictorial finally has a winner in the giveaway sweepstakes for the Jean Harlow Blogathon.

If you’ll recall, to cap of Harlow’s Centenary Celebration, all participants in the blogathon were eligible to win a copy of the new book Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital. The book had it’s launch party on Wednesday night at the grand opening of Harlow 100: the new Jean Harlow exhibit at the Max Factor Museum. Mark Vieira and Darrell Rooney, those consummate gentlemen, were  duly delighted by the terrific turnout (as was I) and it was great to mingle with the new fans (my colleagues from the Director’s Guild), right along with the old fans (the inimitable Lisa Burks).

Every last blogger for baby deserves a copy of this book, but the roulette wheel of chance has smiled upon blogstress Riika who runs the lovely Harlean’s Heyday blog.

Congratulations, Riikka and a final heartfelt THANK YOU to all who did so much over the past week.

The queue outside.

The swanky Hollywood 'do inside.

The Max Factor lobby -- an art deco dream

Paul Bern's commissioned mural of Jean with friends in a medieval setting. On display for THE first time.

The delightful Lisa Burks and myself, shoulder to shoulder with Jean :

a group of good friends and I went hogwild at the museum, a place we’d never paid visit to before, and outside of Jean’s exhibit, had a tremendous time bolting all over the building to oogle and ooh and ahh and the memorabilia.

My coworker and photo editor extraordinare channeling Colbert's fringe...

Another coworker and film guru, getting personal with Mr. Lancaster.

Me with my best gal: Jean

Congratulations to "Harlean's Heyday"

We’re a few days late, but the Pictorial finally has a winner in the giveaway sweepstakes for the Jean Harlow Blogathon.

If you’ll recall, to cap of Harlow’s Centenary Celebration, all participants in the blogathon were eligible to win a copy of the new book Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital. The book had it’s launch party on Wednesday night at the grand opening of Harlow 100: the new Jean Harlow exhibit at the Max Factor Museum. Mark Vieira and Darrell Rooney, those consummate gentlemen, were  duly delighted by the terrific turnout (as was I) and it was great to mingle with the new fans (my colleagues from the Director’s Guild), right along with the old fans (the inimitable Lisa Burks).

Every last blogger for baby deserves a copy of this book, but the roulette wheel of chance has smiled upon blogstress Riika who runs the lovely Harlean’s Heyday blog.

Congratulations, Riikka and a final heartfelt THANK YOU to all who did so much over the past week.

The queue outside.

The swanky Hollywood 'do inside.

The Max Factor lobby -- an art deco dream

Paul Bern's commissioned mural of Jean with friends in a medieval setting. On display for THE first time.

The delightful Lisa Burks and myself, shoulder to shoulder with Jean :

a group of good friends and I went hogwild at the museum, a place we’d never paid visit to before, and outside of Jean’s exhibit, had a tremendous time bolting all over the building to oogle and ooh and ahh and the memorabilia.

My coworker and photo editor extraordinare channeling Colbert's fringe...

Another coworker and film guru, getting personal with Mr. Lancaster.

Me with my best gal: Jean

The Jean Harlow Blogathon: That’s a Wrap!

The book Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital has now officially been released which means that the Jean Harlow Blogathon has officially wrapped. We’re plum tuckered out, yes, but wishing this week would have lasted forever.

Bye, Bye, Pretty Baby

So many incredible people from all over the world turned out and to show their support for darling Jean– classic film lovers young and old, new fans and seasoned vets.

The Pictorial would like to thank the gracious Lisa Burks for her tireless work this week, authors Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira and, of course, every last one of you out there who rallied together to blog it for Baby.

I’m filled with pride to be part of such a terrific community of film lovers and classic Hollywood enthusiasts. As long as all of us keep our passions bright at heart, the golden world of Harlow’s Hollywood will never truly disappear.

We’ll be announcing the winner of the free copy of Harlow in Hollywood this Wednesday, March 9, at the premiere of the new Jean Harlow museum exhibit at the Max Factor Museum — so keep an eye out!

And don’t forget to support Jean all this month on Turner Classic Movies!

Signing off for the Jean Harlow Blogathon,

The Kitty Packard Pictorial

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The 2011 Bloggers for Baby

Amy @I’ll Take the Snap Out of Your Garters!

Angela @The Hollywood Revue

Ariel @Sinaphile Salve-Ation

Brandie @True Classics

Carole @An Elegant Obsession

Caroline @Garbo Laughs

Christina @Ann Dvorak: Forgotten Rebel

Clara @Via Margutta 51

Cliff @Immortal Ephemera

Dawn @Noir and Chick Flicks

David @Absolutment!

David @MUBI

dCairns @ Shadowplay

Evangeline Holland @EvangelineHolland

Gary @Midnight Palace

Gene @11 East 14th Street

Ginny @Old Movie Nostalgia

Ivan @Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Jandy @Row Three

Jennifer @Silent Stanzas

Jessica @Silence is Platinum

J.N. @Comets Over Hollywood

Joan @ Vintage Powder Room

Josh @ Edward Copeland on Film

Katie @Old Hollywood Glamour

Kevin @Clarosureaux

Lady Eve @Eve’s Reel Life

Lisa @The Platinum Page

Michelle @The Clark Gable Project

Mark @Freewheelin’ Pilrgim

Monty @All Good Things

Mythical Monkey

Riika @Harlean’s Heyday

Rob @Rob Stevens

Stephen @New Jersey Star-Ledger

Tara @Tara Hanks

Terry @A Shroud of Thoughts

Vincent @Carole & Company


The Jean Harlow Blogathon: That's a Wrap!

The book Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital has now officially been released which means that the Jean Harlow Blogathon has officially wrapped. We’re plum tuckered out, yes, but wishing this week would have lasted forever.

Bye, Bye, Pretty Baby

So many incredible people from all over the world turned out and to show their support for darling Jean– classic film lovers young and old, new fans and seasoned vets.

The Pictorial would like to thank the gracious Lisa Burks for her tireless work this week, authors Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira and, of course, every last one of you out there who rallied together to blog it for Baby.

I’m filled with pride to be part of such a terrific community of film lovers and classic Hollywood enthusiasts. As long as all of us keep our passions bright at heart, the golden world of Harlow’s Hollywood will never truly disappear.

We’ll be announcing the winner of the free copy of Harlow in Hollywood this Wednesday, March 9, at the premiere of the new Jean Harlow museum exhibit at the Max Factor Museum — so keep an eye out!

And don’t forget to support Jean all this month on Turner Classic Movies!

Signing off for the Jean Harlow Blogathon,

The Kitty Packard Pictorial

***

The 2011 Bloggers for Baby

Amy @I’ll Take the Snap Out of Your Garters!

Angela @The Hollywood Revue

Ariel @Sinaphile Salve-Ation

Brandie @True Classics

Carole @An Elegant Obsession

Caroline @Garbo Laughs

Christina @Ann Dvorak: Forgotten Rebel

Clara @Via Margutta 51

Cliff @Immortal Ephemera

Dawn @Noir and Chick Flicks

David @Absolutment!

David @MUBI

dCairns @ Shadowplay

Evangeline Holland @EvangelineHolland

Gary @Midnight Palace

Gene @11 East 14th Street

Ginny @Old Movie Nostalgia

Ivan @Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Jandy @Row Three

Jennifer @Silent Stanzas

Jessica @Silence is Platinum

J.N. @Comets Over Hollywood

Joan @ Vintage Powder Room

Josh @ Edward Copeland on Film

Katie @Old Hollywood Glamour

Kevin @Clarosureaux

Lady Eve @Eve’s Reel Life

Lisa @The Platinum Page

Michelle @The Clark Gable Project

Mark @Freewheelin’ Pilrgim

Monty @All Good Things

Mythical Monkey

Riika @Harlean’s Heyday

Rob @Rob Stevens

Stephen @New Jersey Star-Ledger

Tara @Tara Hanks

Terry @A Shroud of Thoughts

Vincent @Carole & Company


A Day with Harlow

Harlow at her Club View Drive home, circa 1932

I spent the majority of today in 1932.

Well, as close as I’ll ever get to it, anyway.

On this exceptionally bright, magical March afternoon, the not-so-distant past collided head on with the present.

The authors of Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital held a book signing on Club View Drive in Beverly Hills- the former residence of Jean Harlow. The gracious current owners of the home, Mr. and Mrs. Chandler, hosted a lovely afternoon luncheon whose guests included Leonard Maltin, Holly Madison, members of the Harlow family (the Carpenter side), veteran Hollywood actress Pauline Wagner (Fay Wray‘s King Kong double!) and Hollywood historians Lisa Burks, Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira.

I was thrilled to be a part of such a distinguished group, and really cherished every blessed second.

Armed with my partner in crime, the beautiful vintage model Lauren Foulk, we arrived at the legendary home ready for an afternoon of pure Hollywood history… and were certainly not disappointed.

The Chandlers love of their homes’ history is evident in every lovingly preserved square inch. Beautiful period prints of Harlow in the Club View Drive home were prominently placed in areas of particular interest, creating a tangible, living museum.

Harlow at Club View Drive in 1932... and the same view today.

It was a truly extraordinary experience, roaming the hallways of a legend. A costume worn by beautiful Carol Baker awaited upstairs– lead actress in the miscalculated  1965 film that was a victim of misinformation. (Baker’s talent as an actress could have been explosive given the correct material.)

Sitting in the the living room which had once played host to the wedding of Jean Harlow and ill-fated MGM producer Paul Bern was quite surreal … even moreso was speaking with a delightful lady who had graced its presence before… eight decades ago…

When Pauline Wagner signed my autograph book today, she tagged it with “SAG #2”. Meaning, quite simply, that she was officially the second member of the Screen Actors Guild. A photograph of the strikingly young Pauline with Jimmy Cagney on set rested in the Club View Drive drawing room, and a crowd of willing, waiting pupils sat at her feet. Eager, ever so eager, to hear the stories of working as an actress in 1930s Hollywood FROM an actress who worked in 1930s Holltwood. Pauline may be 100 years old on paper, but certainly doesn’t look it. In fact, when Lauren and I were told her real age we were fairly knocked off our feet. Lauren, arrayed in the most delightfully vintage tresses, was spyed by the very spry Pauline from across the room. We had no idea at the time that the sweet little lady introducing herself was a living Hollywood legend.

Her strikingly well preserved form? Summed up thusly:

Me: Pauline, whatever you’re doing, please keep doing it!

Pauline: It’s not what I’m doing… it’s what i DON’T do!

A statement followed up by a gloriously vivid account between her and director Mitchell Leisen who, after an uncharacteristically bleary-eyed morning with the actress, said: “Take my advice, kid. DON’T GO TO HOLLYWOOD PARTIES.”

She listened. Much to the benefit of all of us assembled this afternoon.

She wallopped me, that dame, and I’m still trying to recover…

Entrance to Club View Drive

Inside Club View Drive... Stairway to History

Portrait of Jean, in the room where she wedded Paul Bern.

Is it 2011 or is it 1932?

Vintage Model Lauren Foulk-- hitting on all six cylinders!

Carol Baker's negligee from the 1965 film "Harlow". Great actress... awful film.

Club View Drive's Tudor exterior.

Photograph of Harlow inside Club View Drive on her wedding day with Paul Bern, Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg. (WOW!)

After the fun had ended, Lauren and I were still weren’t quite ready to rejoin the present. So we made a stop at the legendary Sunset Tower Hotel to have a drink in Jean’s honor. The Jean Harlow Cocktail was a slight challenge for our willing bartender, who’d never heard of the concoction before, but the end result was delicious!

Here’s to Harlean!

The Jean Harlow Cocktail

Sunset Tower Hotel

The Jean Harlow Blogathon: February 28 – March 6

Blog it for Baby: February 28 - March 6

 

The Jean Harlow Blogathon kicks off February 28 and The Kitty Packard Pictorial is rounding up contributors! The original Platinum Blonde Bombshell’s 100th birthday is March 3rd and the Pictorial is honoring her life and work with a weeklong Blogathon. The event is being held in conjunction with the release of the new book on her life and the new Jean Harlow exhibit at the Max Factor Museum in Hollywood.

Her tragically short life spent most of the century shrouded in sensationalism– but the past 20 years has witnessed a sweeping away of those old cobwebs. The latest testament to her worth as an actress and her beauty as a human being is Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira’s new book, Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital. A copy of which, The Pictorial will be giving away to one lucky reader (or Blogger!) at the conclusion of the Blogathon.

Within its beautifully illustrated pages, the real Harlean Carpenter comes to life as never before: a sweater wearing clean-faced kid from the Midwest whose death at the terribly young age of 26 left a vigorous roster of films in her wake. The world of 1930s Hollywood is strikingly re-created in never before published photos from personal collections the world over– cultural antrhopology in decadent black and white!

Help keep Harlow’s legend–and Harlow’s Hollywood– alive.  Contact us via email — we’d love to have your blog join the ranks with ours!

Rules are simple and few. Post a Jean Harlow-related piece on your blog and include a link to the new book Harlow in Hollywood. Topics are as varied as you like– from her life to her films to the setting of the Harlow story: 1930s Hollywood itself. Email The Pictorial with your post’s URL and join us as we watch the contributing links grow!

The Blonde Bombshell Centenary Bash!

A scorching case of Jean Harlow fever has infected the Pictorial and we’re hoping to infect as many others as possible! From now through the beginning of March, the Kitty Packard Pictorial is ramping up for its Blonde Bombshell Centenary Bash!

The Blonde Bombshell

Harlow’s 100th birthday is March 3, and the Pictorial is celebrating in high style– with a little help from our friends, that is. The truly inimitable True Classics, Hollywood Revue, Dear Old Hollywood and IEphemera are just a few of the classic film blogs out there who have joined hands with us to help rekindle Harlow’s white hot flame.

Commencing on February 28th, in conjunction with the release of Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira’s keenly anticipated book Harlow in Hollywood, and running until March 6th, the Pictorial will host a special Jean Harlow Blogathon wherein one luck reader will have a chance to win a copy of the new Jean Harlow book!

And, because we’re so thrilled with this renewed attention on Jean, we’ve also decided to give away a new copy of the Jean Harlow DVD box set from TCM! Winning is easy: simply read the  Darrell Rooney/Mark Vieira interview either here at the Pictorial or at any of our affiliate blogs and answer the following question: In what year did Jean Harlow open ‘The Blonde Room’ at the Max Factor Studio in Hollywood? Email us the correct response and Jean Harlow’s first ever DVD box set could be yours!