Platinum Doll

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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

  • Title: Platinum Doll
  • Author: Anne Girard
  • ISBN: 9780778318668
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 CaliforSet 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.

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    1. DeB MaRtEnS on said:

      Jean Harlow, the effervescent MGM starlet of the 1930's was known as both "Platinum Doll" and "Platinum Blonde". I knew very little about this woman, even though her photos and name have maintained celebrity and recognition, even after her untimely death at the age of twenty-six from kidney failure. This biographical novel does poetic justice to the young woman who moved from Missouri with her brand new husband, Charles, at the age of sixteen. Blessed with a trust fund, Charles sought to give hi [...]

    2. Book of Secrets ☘ on said:

      3.75 Stars PLATINUM DOLL is a novel based on actress Jean Harlow's rise to fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In the late 1920s, she goes to California as a teenage bride from the Midwest. The book follows her turbulent marriage to Chuck McGrew, and the struggles she had with her ruthless mother who pushed and pushed an acting career, not always having her best interest at heart.I enjoy reading about this era, and this book presents an intriguing and well-researched "slice of life" of a pr [...]

    3. Erin on said:

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.My first experience with author Anne Girard took place in 2014 when I read Madame Picasso. The book impressed me and played a large part in prompting my interest in Platinum Doll. I knew next to nothing about Jean Harlow when offered an advanced reader’s edition of the book, but I love old Hollywood and knew I’d enjoyed Girard’s style of writing. Long story short, I accepted the offer and quickly lost myself in Girard’s interpretation [...]

    4. graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst) on said:

      I've longed admired Jean Harlow. There's just something about her that is mesmerizing and infectious. She was someone who seemed to glow from within. While I am no expert and haven't seen all her films, I still have an idea of who she might have been. I was so excited for the opportunity to read Platinum Doll, but as I was reading, the thrill decreased until it was gone.Ms. Girard's portrayal of Jean Harlow, born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, is hollow, naive and full of wide-eyed wonder at everythi [...]

    5. Colleen Turner on said:

      Find my full review at aliteraryvacation.There's something fascinating to me about peaking behind the glamour and spectacle of the golden age of Hollywood and seeing the grit, disappointment and sacrifice hidden beneath. I haven't read a book yet or seen a movie set during this unique time and place that doesn't highlight the hardships that come with the privileged life those that make it come to experience. This can sometimes come across to me as "poor me, I'm so rich and sad", but that isn't t [...]

    6. Laura Lee on said:

      Strong 3.5A novel about Jean Harlow early in her career. The book focused on her first marriage, which I found very interesting. The book ended just as Harlow was a superstar. I have read a lot of books about old Hollywood and I remember reading that Harlow was pretty well liked, especially among the crews because she seems to have been pretty down to earth, but I don't think she was as naive as she is portrayed here. The relationship with her mother is interesting and stands up to what I have r [...]

    7. Suzanne Redfearn on said:

      A beautifully told story about Jean Harlow, the original blond bombshell, and the romantic era of Hollywood.

    8. The Lit Bitch on said:

      I know next to nothing about Jean Harlow and this sounded sort of like Hollywood meets The Great Gatsby so I was super excited to read it! Girard’s writing style impressed me right away. A book like this needs some sparkle and glamour when it comes to the writing style… is a book set in Hollywood after all…d her writing style was just that, full of colorful descriptions, elegant dialogue and interesting characters.I especially liked coming in contact with other Hollywood film stars/charact [...]

    9. Tara Chevrestt on said:

      I realize this won't be a popular review as I don't seem to share popular opinion on this one. I'm giving this a three because it's very well written as far as prose/telling vs showing/descriptions not too much or too little/emotion adequate. I felt in the scenes. I just didn't like the story itself, nor the heroine. We're all a bit dumb and easy to push around when we're young and this woman is a mere 17 when the book opens and is forced into many real-life situations she's not ready for.But a [...]

    10. Leslie Lindsay on said:

      Gorgeously written and fabulously drawn from the life of Harlean Harlow Carpenter, aka Jean Harlow, PLATINUM DOLL is historical fiction at its best. Girard limits the timeline of young Jean Harlow to her early days as an emerging Hollywood star in the late 1920s and early 1930s, a perfect blend of romanticized Hollywood in the Golden Age in which her overbearing mother (Momma Jean), plays a ruthless fame-seeking pariah at her daughter's expense. I loved every minute of this book, the writing is [...]

    11. Alexw on said:

      Did not cover her tragic death at age 26-mostly about her arguments with her mother-meh-was interesting about her movie with Laurel and Hardy

    12. Carlene Inspired on said:

      3.5 StarsAt 16 Hearlean McGrew is a brand new wife to Chuck McGrew living in dazzling Hollywood. By luck, she captures the eye of men at the studio and is soon acting for a small fee. Her relationship, however, is one of constant turmoil and making up. Chuck wants his wife at home, but his unwillingness to face his emotions leads to drinking and outbursts. As their relationship falls to pieces Jean's life in the spotlight picks up speed as she is cast in multiple talkie rolls and begins her pres [...]

    13. Laurie • The Baking Bookworm on said:

      Platinum Doll is an interesting look into the life of the young Hollywood ingénue who took Hollywood and the world by storm. Filled with many references to Hollywood elite like Laurel and Hardy, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Carole Lombard this book shows the struggles, both personal and professional, that teenager Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, experienced during her rise to fame.Underneath it all, Platinum Doll is a coming of age story. Seventeen year old Harlean arrives in C [...]

    14. Meg - A Bookish Affair on said:

      "Platinum Doll" is the story of Jean Harlow, golden goddess of the silver screen. It's a historical fiction take on her life and her rise from a young girl to a full fledged Hollywood actress. Harlow went to Hollywood in her late teens and passed away by the time that she was 26 years old. This book focuses specifically on her time in Hollywood. Before reading this book, I really only knew Jean Harlow the actress and almost nothing about her background. I liked how this book shed some light on w [...]

    15. Raven Haired Girl on said:

      Visit Raven Haired Girl for more reviews & giveawaysGirard captures Jean Harlow in such an intimate light. There was much more to this sultry siren than her sex appeal and good looks as we quickly discover. It's a coming of age story parallel with the rise of a star cum icon. Girard demonstrates the two most influential people in Harlow's life and career, equally causing her joy and sorrow.I appreciated the way Girard captured closure for Harlow in both relationships with her mother and with [...]

    16. Jeanie on said:

      Jean Harlow- a woman who seemed to have everything, was constantly in battle of being consumed by those who would manipulate and control her. From her mother to Howard Hughes. From her marriage to her big break, she seemed to suffer from not knowing who she was. The narration was passive and that made it a little difficult to be engaged in Jean Harlow's story. It makes you wonder if she really was that passive or if it was easier to let others control her. Her life was more sad than happy becaus [...]

    17. Annie Quinn on said:

      Just finished Anne Girard's newest book, "Platinum Doll". I was swept into the life of the early movie industry and the torment of Harlene's life, from a jealous husband to an overbearing 'stage mother'. Ms Girard, as in her book Madame Picasso, has the ability to take the reader to the time and place of the historical novel and the beginning of the motion picture industry. I loved how the author made Jean Harlow seem so normal, although she was in a highly charged industry. I recommend this boo [...]

    18. leslye on said:

      I enjoy reading about the "Golden Age of Hollywood". Before reading this book, I didn't know much about Jean Harlow. This historical fiction follows Jean ( her real name was Harlean) from a teenage bride through her rise to stardom and all the drama that comes with fame. If you love books about starlets and old Hollywood, this book might interest you. Overall this novel was a fascinating look into 1920's Hollywood through the eyes of Harlean Carpenter McGrew- the original blonde bombshell.

    19. Helen Barlow on said:

      Excerpt from the full review available on my blog."Platinum Doll is not just a look at Harlean’s attempts to reach star status, but also delves into the struggles of marrying young, living up to your parents expectations and putting everything you have into a dream.All in all, Platinum Doll was a fascinating look into 1920’s Hollywood through the eyes of Harlean Carpenter McGrew – the original blonde bombshell."

    20. Colleen on said:

      I know someone whose grandfather worked as a makeup artist in MGM and he said the most beautiful actress he had ever seen, after working there almost all his life, was Harlow. Look at how the stars tear up at the Harlow segment of When a Lion Roars or the tributes included about her in Loy's book (she think her mother killed her) and Roz Russell's book (doesn't think her mom killed her, but wasn't a fan). And Eve Golden's biography on her--Platinum Girl--is one of the greatest biographies ever. [...]

    21. Mary on said:

      Had the holidays not been a deterrent, I could have zipped through this book in a flash. I'm a major fan of Marilyn Monroe and have always wanted to know more about the woman who inspired the young Norma Jean. This was the first book I've read about Jean Harlow and did not disappoint. My gosh! Jean Harlow's mother was a tyrannical nightmare. I understand the bond they shared because my youngest child was terminally ill and our bond was fierce. However, the decisions Mother Jean made on behalf of [...]

    22. Lauralee on said:

      I have heard of the legendary movie star, Jean Harlow. However, I have not seen any of the movies she starred in, or known any details about her personal life. Reading Platinum Doll was a pleasure because it showed how fascinating and complex Jean Harlow was. This novel chronicles Jean Harlow’s early years of how she became a star. This story follows Jean through her turbulent marriage to Chuck McGrew, her ambitious and controlling mother, Jean Bello, who wants to thrust her daughter into the [...]

    23. Laurie on said:

      Harlean Carpenter-Jean Harlow’s real name- was the first blond bombshell of Hollywood. She arrived there 1928, seventeen years old, and newlywed. Despite having a mother who tried a few years earlier to break into film, Harlean had no intention of working- her young husband was a trust fund baby and could support them in style. But a friend was trying to break into movies, and needed a ride to a casting call. An agent saw Harlean waiting in her car and the rest was history. This is the story o [...]

    24. Briar Rose on said:

      I LOVE stories about Old Hollywood. I don't know what it is about that era that I love, but I adore it.Platinum Doll was no exception. This is the story of Jean Harlow's descent into stardom. She was in a volatile relationship with her first husband, Charles "Chuck" McGrew, but she really did love him.What drove me nuts was her relationship with her mother and step father. They used her for money and had no qualms about it. They took over her life in exchange for money. Her mother was a controll [...]

    25. Sharon on said:

      I don't often get to describe a book as a true page-turner. This one meets the criteria; I finished it over the course of two nights.Author Anne Girard gives us an inside look at the early career of actress Jean Harlow. I am sure I'm not alone in being unaware that Harlow was so young (she was 19 when she starred in "Hell's Angels"). We get a look at her tempestuous early marriage to Chuck McGrew, her domineering stage mother, and the challenges the bookish intellectual faced when being marketed [...]

    26. Cindy Burnett on said:

      Platinum Doll was a fascinating read, and I could not put it down. I read it while working out, at the car wash, and while making dinner so that I could finish it. The author did a wonderful job portraying the early years of screen legend Jean Harlow’s career. Anne Girard (Diane Haeger) clearly did her research, and Jean Harlow came alive in Platinum Doll. She provided so many details and referenced a number of other stars from that era also. I was constantly on the internet looking up other a [...]

    27. Ruth Chatlien on said:

      A fast-paced look at the beginning of Jean Harlow's short Hollywood career. I would have liked to see the story continue till her death (which occurred only four years after the end of this story). Still, it's a fun read peppered with lots of behind-the-scene details and loads of big names from early Hollywood. The book also offers an in-depth portrayal of the psychological transformation Harlean McGrew underwent to change from a starstruck teenager into one of the most glamorous and recognizabl [...]

    28. Harlequin Books on said:

      "Girard turns her eye for detail to one of Hollywood's most glamorous eras and a woman who gave new meaning to sparkle: Jean Harlow. The fascinating glimpse of such greats as Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Howard Hughes and makeup artist Max Factor turn this into a novel that gives readers a true sense of being there. A real treat for movie fans" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

    29. Kimberly on said:

      Platinum Doll is the perfect read for all Harlow lovers who are interested in reading a novelized version of events covering the first half of her life. It is beautifully written and heartfelt. I however am more interested in Jean Harlow's relationship with Paul Burn and the latter half of her life.

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