Platinum Doll by Anne Girard. Published by Mira

In the 1920’s Harlean Carpenter McGrew fled her simple life in the midwest for the glamour of Hollywood. While she lands a wealthy husband, influential friends and entry into every society party in the area, she’s longing to fulfill her dream and become a Hollywood star. She undergoes a transformation, dying her hair platinum blonde and changing her name to Jean Harlow. Jean wants to succeed no matter what the cost, but the costs in the golden age of Hollywood are high, very high and she may have to choose between her career and her family. This was both a romp through Hollywood (with the likes of Clark Gable and Laurel and Hardy) and a sobering look at the power movie studio moguls wielded over their actors. Lush and sobering at the same time

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