Family tree of Jean HARLOW

Actor, Model

AmericanBorn Harlean Harlow CARPENTER

American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s

Born on March 3, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri , United States

Died on June 7, 1937 in Los Angeles, California , United States

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Harlow was born Harlean Harlow Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri. The name is sometimes incorrectly spelled Carpentier, following later studio press releases. Her father Mont Clair Carpenter (1877–1974) was a dentist from a working-class background who attended dental college in Kansas City. Her mother Jean Poe Carpenter (née Harlow) was the daughter of a wealthy real estate broker, Skip Harlow, and his wife Ella Harlow (née Williams). The marriage was arranged by Skip Harlow in 1908 and Jean, an intelligent and strong-willed woman, was resentful and became very unhappy in the marriage. The couple lived in Kansas City in a house owned by Skip Harlow.

Harlean was nicknamed "The Baby", a name that would stick with her for the rest of her life. She did not learn that her name was actually "Harlean" until the age of five, when she began to attend Miss Barstow's Finishing School for Girls in Kansas City.


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