Monday, April 11, 2016

Platinum Doll

    
Set against the dazzling backdrop of Golden Age Hollywood, novelist Anne Girard tells the enchanting story of Jean Harlow, one of the most iconic stars in the history of film.
It's the Roaring Twenties and seventeen-year-old Harlean Carpenter McGrew has run off to Beverly Hills. She's chasing a dream;to escape her small, Midwestern life and see her name in lights.In California, Harlean has everything a girl could want;a rich husband, glamorous parties, socialite friends;except an outlet for her talent. But everything changes when a dare pushes her to embrace her true ambition :to be an actress on the silver screen. With her timeless beauty and striking shade of platinum-blond hair, Harlean becomes Jean Harlow. And as she's thrust into the limelight, Jean learns that this new world of opportunity comes with its own set of burdens. Torn between her family and her passion to perform, Jean is forced to confront the difficult truth;that fame comes at a price, if only she's willing to pay it. Amid a glittering cast of ingenues and Hollywood titans: Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Laurel and Hardy, Howard Hughes, Platinum Doll introduces us to the star who would shine brighter than them all.
 
My Review
 
This is the first time that I have read anything by this author. I liked this author's writing style. She really brought to life Jean Harlow, Hollywood, the twenties, and the rest of the other famous movie stars during this time period.
 
I have heard the name Jean Harlow but she was way before my time. Although after reading this book I plan to check out her movies. Plus, I did not know she was the one that influenced Marilyn Monroe. While they were married before the stardom and Chuck's drinking I really did feel the love between them and thought they made a cute couple. I blame a lot of Jean's naïve nature on her age, she let others push her around a lot like her mother. Also, Jean just had a good nature attitude about her. I now want to go back and read Madame Picasso.

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