Platinum Doll - Anne-Hélène Suárez Girard

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 as the first blonde bombshell.

 

Girard's writing is well-paced, and she brings readers into her story with great skill. I found myself alternately cheering and wanting to cry for young Harlean Carpenter as she got caught up in the machine that turned her into Jean Harlow.

 

Well-done historical fiction, highly recommended for Hollywood buffs.