Jean Harlow was an American film actress who, in her short career of about a decade, appeared in a couple dozen successful motion pictures in the 1930s, starting with her first major appearance in 'Hell's Angels' in 1930. While she had already become a star with the success of the film, she subsequently struggled to find good opportunities as films like 'The Secret Six' (1931) and 'The Public Enemy' (1931) were critical failures.
She was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1932, and as a leading lady, delivered successful movies like 'Red-Headed Woman' (1932), 'Red Dust' (1932), 'Dinner at Eight' (1933), 'Reckless' (1935), and 'Suzy' (1936). With the success of these films, she became one of the biggest movie stars in the world by the late 1930s, surpassing her MGM colleagues Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer in popularity. Her filmography also included movies like 'China Seas' (1935), 'Libeled Lady' (1936) and 'Personal Property' (1937).
At the time of her death in 1937, aged 26, she was working on the romantic comedy film 'Saratoga', which was completed using body doubles and was released about a month after her death. It went on to become the highest grossing MGM film of the year.