Jean Harlow was born 100 years ago today. The platinum blonde bombshell died of kidney failure at the ridiculously young age of 26 in 1937 at the absolute peak of her worldwide fame - such a blow to humanity.
Born Harlean Harlow Carpentier, she adopted the name Jean from her mother. After finding her way to Hollywood and appearing in a few bit parts, she then broke lucky in the proto-noir gangster movie The Secret Six (1931) with Wallace Beery and followed this with other classics such as Jimmy Cagney's The Public Enemy (1931) - surely one of the most enjoyable movies of all time.
Don't put your hand there, dear......
Whilst Jean then went on to shine in brilliant comedy movies such as Goldie, Platinum Blonde, Dinner at Eight and Blonde Bombshell, she also made some decent noirish movies such as The Beast of the City (1932) with Walter Huston and Riffraff (1936) with Spencer Tracy
Who knows what she might have been able to achieve as a mature femme fatale in forties noir?