THE JEAN HARLOW TOUR
Author: Bob Siler
1908 - 1926
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
930 ORVILLE AVENUE
Mama Jean Harlow married Mont Carpenter here at her parents
(JH's grandparents) palatial home on October 1, 1908.
3344 OLIVE STREET - 1908-1915
Mont and Jean Carpenter's first home was a modest gray house, owned by Mama Jean's father, Skip Harlow. Baby Jean was born here on March 3, 1911 at 7:40 PM. The Carpenter's lived upstairs while Mont had his dentist office downstairs. This building was demolished in the late 1930s for highway alterations.
4409 GILLHAM ROAD - 1915
The Carpenter's moved to a new home that sat on park sized property. They had a nurse, nanny, two house maids, one house man, a live - in liveried chauffeur, ducks, lambs, kittens, puppies and pigs.
BONNER SPRINGS, MISSOURI
The Harlow Family Summer Estate, overlooked the Kaw River.
Young Jean spent her summers at the 25 room country mansion.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
WEST POINT AVENUE
MISS BARSTOW'S SCHOOL
An elite prep school for upper class daughters of the area. Young Jean attended from 1916 - 1923. The school was founded
in 1884 and is still operating today.
1312 EAST 79th STREET AND TRACY AVENUE - 1919
In 1919 the Carpenter's moved into this eighteen - room, red brick house. Young Jean was eight years old. The house was considerable distance from downtown Kansas City and sat on five acres of land.
Young Jean made her stage debut in the school play, "Robin Hood", as one of the Merry Men.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1922
Two days before their fourteenth wedding anniversary, Mont
and Jean Carpenter divorced.
Mama and Baby Jean move to Hollywood, California
1923 - 1925
SUNSET BLVD - WEST HOLLYWOOD - 1923-1925
Mother and daughter rented a single room in a mansion that had been turned into a boarding house.
1302 NORTH LA BREA AVENUE - HOLLYWOOD - 1925
They next moved from the Sunset Blvd boarding house to this
1749 LA BREA AVENUE - HOLLYWOOD
THE HOLLYWOOD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
During their two years stay in Hollywood, young Jean attended this school. Some of her classmates were the daughters of her future boss, MGM bigwig Louis B. Mayer, Cecil B. DeMille, Francis X. Bushman and Irene Rich. Only two boys attended the school: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joel McCRea.
Mama and Baby Jean left Hollywood and returned to Kansas City, Missouri.
1925 - 1926
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
15 WEST POINT ROAD
Mama and Baby Jean moved here.
NORTE DAME DE SION
Baby Jean was enrolled into this strict convent school for one semester.
15 WEST POINT ROAD
MISS BIGELOW'S SCHOOL
Baby Jean was enrolled here because it was closer to her home.
1926 - 1927
THE SHERIDAN HOTEL AND COLLEGE INN
Shortly after Mama and Baby Jean had moved to Chicago, Mama
met her second husband, Marino Bello, here.
HIGHLAND PARK HOTEL
540 CENTRAL AVENUE
Mama and Baby Jean moved here
280 CENTRAL AVENUE - HIGHLAND PARK
MARINO AND MILDRED BELLO
Marino was living in this apartment building with his wife, Mildred.
LAKE FOREST ACADEMY
FERRY HALL - 1926-1927
Baby Jean was enrolled here
JANUARY 18, 1927
Mama Jean Carpenter and Marino Bello were married.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1927
16 year old Baby Jean married her first husband, 20 year old Charles McGrew II. In 1928 they moved to Hollywood, California.
1928 - 1937
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Charles and Jean McGrew arrived in Beverly Hills
JANUARY 1928 - JUNE 1929
618 NORTH LINDEN DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
McGrew bought this Spanish - style house and he and his young bride moved in.
NORTH LINDEN DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
MAMA JEAN AND MARINO BELLO
Jean's mother and stepfather moved to Los Angeles and into a house near Jean's. But when they were unable to afford living there they moved in with Baby Jean after Charles McGrew had
CLUB VIEW DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
In the summer of 1929 Charles and Jean McGrew bought a parcel of land on Club View Drive in Beverly Hills, that sat atop a hill overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club. It was between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd's. After the marriage broke up, the land, which had been in Jean's name, remained empty for several years.
In 1932 she hired architect William Kramer to build an all - white, two - story, nine - room Georgian house. Building began that spring. The interior was designed by Russell Buntz, who used a pastel theme inside the house, paneling rooms in pale blue or painting them ivory with matching wall - to - wall carpeting.
The master bedroom was done in ivory and white, except for a pink dressing table holding Jean's collection of perfume bottles.
Her bed was imported from France and framed with a hugh canopy. The master bath had onyx floors and gold - plated fixtures. The hugh swimming pool was tiled in green and white.
JUNE 11, 1929
After twenty months of marriage, the McGrew's called it quits
and divorced. Charles McGrew moved back to Chicago while Jean remained in Los Angeles.
300 NORTH MAPLE DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
Jean rented this house with her parents, while she was filming "HELL'S ANGELS".
1952 PECK DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
Jean and the Bello's were living here when she became involved with gangster Longly Zwillman. He convinced Columbia Pictures
bigwig, Harry Cohn, to raise Jean up from $250 to $1,1000 a week, so she could afford to move to Club View Drive in Beverly Hills.
1932 - 1934
1353 CLUB VIEW DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
On July 2, 1932 at 8:30 PM Jean Harlow married producer Paul Bern in the backyard of her new home, where she lived with Mama Jean and Marino Bello.
JULY 2, 1932 - SEPTEMBER 5, 1932
9820 EASTON DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
MGM Producer Paul Bern built this house in 1930 / 1931. His wedding gift to his his bride, Jean Harlow, was the deed to his
much beloved dream house in Benedict Canyon. The house sat back three miles from the main road and was surrounded by pine trees and foot paths. There was also a large swimming pool. The
Bern's lived here until September 5, 1932, when Bern was found shot to death in the master bathroom - closet. It has been ruled a suicide, but in recent years researchers have come up with evidence that he might have been murdered by his ex - wife, who later killed herself. Jean moved back into her Club View Drive home.
In the 1960s this house was owned by actress Sally Forrest and her husband, writer - producer Milo Frank. In 1967 they rented the house to Hollywood hair stylist to the stars, Jay
Sebring. The bathroom closet where Bern's body had been found, had been enlarged into another bedroom, but Sebring used it as a gymnasium. He painted it purple and the bedroom black. Actress Sharon Tate was a frequent house guest.
On August 10, 1969 Sebring was set to have lunch with the Frank's to talk about his option to buy the property. He said that
he would bring Sharon with him. But, on the night of August 9, 1969, Sebring and two others were visiting Tate at her home on
Cello Drive, when they were slaughtered by members of the Charles Manson family. Also murdered was a young man, Steven Parent, who had been visiting the person who lived in the guest house.
Before Sebring moved in, two previous owners drowned in the pool. The house is said to be cursed and haunted by Bern and Sebring.
214 SOUTH BEVERLY GLEN BLVD - BEVERLY HILLS
This house was known as "The Whitest House In Hollywood",
(or the world), was a two - story, four bedroom mansion, built by the Bello's with Jean's money. The Georgian facade had French interior and an outdoor swimming pool with two dressing rooms. It cost $25,000 to furnish. It had a walk - in refridgerator, polor bear rug and ermine - covered toilet seats with tassels. The headboard of Harlow's bed was upholstored in white ermine. The Bello's built their new home with a grant deed from Paramount Pictures and from Ethel DaBuey, who gave the loan to
Mama Jean on May 16, 1932. The grant deed from Jean Bello to Harlean Harlow was dated July 11, 1933.
The house was in Mama Jean's name but belonged to Harlow. In 1933 Harlow had the deed signed over in her name. She lived here in 1934. In April 1994 the house was featured in
1933 - 1934
CHATEAU MARMONT - SUITE 33
8221 SUNSET BLVD - WEST HOLLYWOOD
On September 18, 1933, Harlow married her last husband, cinematographer Hal (Harold) Rosson and they lived here for a year, after which she moved out. They were divorced in 1935.
512 NORTH PALM DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
Harlow was leasing this modest house at the time of her death on June 7, 1937.
Jean Harlow had a home in the Las Palmas area.
SAN YSIDRO RANCH - SANTA BARBARA
THE MAGNOLIA'S COTTAGE
Harlow and William Powell stayed here.
HARLOW RELATED ADDRESSES
2257 1/2 SOUTH BEVERLY GLEN BLVD - BEVERLY HILLS
She was living here at the time of her death on June 11, 1958.
2015 WHITLEY - HOLLYWOOD HILLS
SYBIL DANNING (former home)
Actress Sybil Danning lived here in the 1970s. When she decided to sell it, she claimed that Harlow had once lived here, though there is no proof that she ever did.
304 SOUTH MCCARTHY DRIVE - BEVERLY HILLS
Horlow's agent once lived here.
613 NORTH HILLCREST ROAD - BEVERLY HILLS
Harlow's third and final husband