75 Years Ago, Saying Good-bye to Jean Harlow – Dear Mr. Gable
In her book Being and Becoming, Myrna Loy remembered a weekend trip she, William Powell and Jean Harlow took together. Powell & Loy were films' most. 'Bill sent it because it was the anniversary of our first date. William Powell spoke in a very rare interview about Jean Harlow's death. Harlean was an amalgam of her mother's maiden name, Jean Harlow, which the actress later took as her stage name. Harlow was engaged to marry the actor William Powell, her co-star in Reckless () and Original Published Date.
Parsons article, The Milwaukee Sentinel, June 15, June 4th, Harlow was reported improved, expected to return to work Later things took a turn for the worse.
Since Christmas she had worn a huge star sapphire ring on the third finger of her right hand. It was a gift from Powell. He and a studio nurse took her home the day she became ill. Miss Harlow never returned. Powell was with her when she died. Petersburg Times, June 9, "This is the last photograph of the beautiful star and was taken during the final scenes of Saratoga, an M-G-M film in which she was starred with Clark Gable. We sat in the back of the car.
Jean was on my left and she looked very fragile and she had the ring that Bill Powell had given her, it was a big star sapphire. It was on her finger and her hands looked almost too Newspaper accounts of her death talked of Powell's being at her bedside.
She appeared in The Thin Man to name just one of her many famous films. O'Sullivan is also the mother of actress Mia Farrow. Quote from Harlow Biography. William Powell went to her home and was one of those instrumental in having her transferred to a hospital. As said, there is debate as to whether they were engaged or not at the time of her death, there's even debate as to whether or not they were still a couple. Not unusually with a romance like theirs and a big star dies young, different stories began circulating quickly.
The press is eager for any news. William Powell spoke in a very rare interview about Jean Harlow's death. He seemed moved to respond in by a biography and films that were coming out. Powell said no one thought her illness was that serious.
They thought she'd be back at work in a few days. He went to see her on Sunday. But I was suddenly worried. I held up my hand. She couldn't see any. This was very disturbing. In a matter of minutes he was there. He took one look at her and called for an ambulance.
Bello and I rode with her to The Good Samaritan Hospital where she was put immediately into an oxygen tent. In the morning, she died. After almost three decades, Bill's voice broke and it was hard for him to go on. They are there together in death, very close, as they were in their time on earth.
Members of the city fire department inhalator squad called at the last minute to furnish oxygen for the declining star. Some papers said that her final word was his name, and he had been too choked up to respond. Some articles at the time and years later said that she'd died in his arms.
Bill and Carole: Post-Divorce BFFs
She died in my arms. It was the saddest day of my life. Her half-hysterical mother urging her to keep fighting. Their friend, actor Warner Baxter paced outside her death chamber in the hall. And the inevitable, "Powell was wearing a sports suit and polo shirt without a necktie.
People began having theories immediately.
Some wanted to place blame, talk of how it could have been prevented while those closest to her were in still in shock and grieving. She died of uremic poisoning, better known as acute renal failure or kidney failure in Juneher age was just This was a time before dialysis and kidney transplants.
Motion Picture Daily ran this note: The shows will be halted at the time funeral services are to be held in Glendale, Cal. Guests were limited to people. Van Dyke, Robert Montgomery were there. Clark Gable was a pall bearer. Powell sat beside Jean's mother at the funeral. His own mother sat on his other side.
One little girl placed in her purse a few petals from a rose. Tragically, Lombard, who helped Powell through his grieving for Jean Harlow, was killed in a plane crash only five years later in Similarly, inGable would tell wife, Kay Williams that he didn't want to have a funeral like the large one given to actor Tyrone Power, who'd died of a heart attack.
In NovemberClark Gable himself died of a heart attack. The wives of both Power and Gable were pregnant at the times of their husbands' deaths. Reports of Jean Harlow's funeral said that "the services were simple, brief and unostentatious. No wonder Bill looks so pleased!
And so the Powells tried to settle into their new life together and their new home — Bill trying his best to make his wife happy by trying to support her career and Carole trying her best to make her husband happy by trying to be the perfect housewife. Carole explained to Garson Kanin years later: Because after all, Philo. Philo was her name for William Powell because he had once played the detective Philo Vance. And how to take care of his clothes. I mean a ladylike wife.
Although it was done with best intentions their attempts to give the other what they wanted were stifling. But she saved him as the best friend any woman ever had. Not a good laugh in weeks. I know that we are vital to each other.
We have a mental balance founded on respect. We meet on a friendly basis, and when you speak of friendship after marriage, know that it is possible only when there has been no quarrelling. Respect dies with quarrelling and fighting… I think it is fine when two persons who have separated can meet as friends and go out together with no feeling of bitterness.
Regardless, both eventually moved on to new partners, most notably relationships with Russ Columbo and Jean Harlow. William Powell made it clear that he would only participate in the production if Carole Lombard played the part of Irene. Allied to this director Gregory La Cava had the cast improvise the scenes — an outline script was brought to the set everyday and the cast would brainstorm the scene before filming. Bill was apparently nervous about this, but for Carole it was a throwback to her freewheeling Mack Sennett days.
I will help you to be the biggest.
Bill and Carole: Post-Divorce BFFs – That William Powell Site
Carole had suffered the tragic accidental death of her partner Russ Columbo inbut Carole and Clark Gable were completely unprepared for what happened to their dearest friend Jean Harlow. After witnessing her awful death from kidney failure at the age of 26, Bill was filled with remorse, but like all true friends Carole dished out the hard truths, saying to her friend Kay Mulvey: But then to compound matters, in Bill was diagnosed with colon cancer and successfully submitted to an early form of radiation therapy.
Bill looks very frail here as he recovers from cancer Carole rushed to support him, joining a very close group of friends who nursed him during his illness and treatment.