MOUNT VERNON - Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles, not long after they were married, and it was there Jean found work as an extra in films, landing a bit parts. Her big break came in 1930, when she landed a role in Howard Hughes' World War I epic Hell's Angels (1930), which turned out to be a smash hit. Not long after the film's debut, Hughes sold her contract to MGM for $60,000, and it was there where her career shot to unprecedented heights. She made three films with Spencer Tracy and six with Clark Gable, receiving much improved critical acclaim for her acting, allure and comedic talent. During the filming of Saratoga (1937) she was hospitalized for uremic poisoning, and died on June 7 of cerebral edema at age 26.
The Chautauqua Series is happy to bring the life of Jean Harlow to ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon) on Thursday March 27 at 7 PM. This event is provided on a donation basis in association with Elixir and with support from the Rolls-Royce Charities/Civic Fund and Ariel Foundation.
The program is first present living history and making her second appearance at the series will be Hope Dial as Jean Harlow and opening the program will be Joe Rollin Porter, an amazing guitarist with a flair for the style of music played during the height of Jean’s fame. Doors open at 6 PM at this first floor facility and program starts at 7 PM with music and presentation, ending with a question and answer period with Jean Harlow.
For more information on this and future programs in the series, call 740-392-6103 or visit www.elixirpresents.com or www.VisitKnoxOhio.org.