March 3, 1911

Jean Harlow, the original “blonde bombshell,” was born in Kansas City. She was famous for pinup posters, movies, and her ability to make front-page news in Hollywood magazines. She was also the precursor to today’s troubled young stars, with money to burn and a life cut short. While shooting Saratoga, she developed a sudden illness and died. She was only 26.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Jean Harlow 1911 – 1937” by oneredsf1 is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.