The new Jean Harlow Exhibit, guest curated by Darrell Rooney, opens this Thursday (Jean's 100th Birthday) at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Back in the day, long before it was even a make-up museum, Jean often visited this building to be treated by Mr. Factor himself when it was his salon.
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One of the centerpieces on display will be curiously infamous Paul Bern/Jean Harlow Mural that once hung in the couple's Benedict Canyon home. This will be the first time it's ever been available for public viewing!
Photo courtesy of Bill Lewis - see more here
Its theme is a medieval feast starring their famous friends including Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Gilbert, Bebe Daniels, Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg, just to name a few.
This mural has an amazing, hidden-Hollywoodesque history. Read the details in this encore presentation of the story I wrote in 2006, and be sure to check out my Who's Who breakdown of the celebrities sitting around the fabled table.
Fans will also see at the exhibit Jean's personal and studio-related items (letters, contracts, autographs, photos, posters a fur coat, film costumes, etc.) which have been provided by various collectors, the equally infamous Grand Hotel movie premiere ledger (owned by Darrell) and Jean's 1932 Packard Phaeton, courtesy of Cliff and Janet Gooding.
The exhibit will run March 3 through September 5, 2011.
Save The Date Alert >>> Darrell and co-author Mark Vieira will be holding a Grand Opening Book Signing for Harlow in Hollywood at the museum on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30-9:30pm.
Here's a sneak peek photo from Darrell:
The Platinum Page will be attending the exhibit and signing so stay tuned for additional reporting on this story.
This Day 3 post for the Jean Harlow Centenary Blogathon, hosted by The Kitty Packard Pictorial, is brought to you in conjunction with Harlow In Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937 by Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira, the gorgeous new book from Angel City Press. Pre-sale discounts still available via Amazon.