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L.A. in Focus: Harlow in Hollywood

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Date(s):

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Time:

2:00pm

Location:

Mark Taper Auditorium

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Reservations not required. Doors open 15 minutes prior to start of the program.

Description:

Harlow. The name resonates. Blonde Bombshell. Platinum Blonde. The labels applied by press agents during Harlow's seven-year career still carry a charge seventy years later. Harlow created the mold: the first blonde sex symbol who captured the attention of a nation, then touched their hearts with her genuine warmth and candor. She was just a girl from Kansas City who came to Hollywood in the 1920's with her mother; a woman obsessed with stardom. In a town dedicated to the glorification of youth and beauty, Harlow became a star to fulfill her mother's own thwarted fantasy. Just as Harlow retained a childlike openness, Los Angeles in the 1930's remained a brash daughter of expansion and promotion. At a time when Harlow's star shone its brightest, Los Angeles and the movies gave birth to a district that exists as much in the mind as on the map. Harlow epitomized the dream of Hollywood.

Harlow historian Darrell Rooney and co-author of "Harlow In Hollywood" discusses and presents images on the behind the scenes life of Jean Harlow and the city that helped mold her. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Presented by Photo Friends.

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