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From everything that I have read, William Powell really loved Jean Harlow. They had been dating for two years and were engaged when she died. They both were extremely busy making movies during those two years before her death. Her death devastated him; he had a breakdown as a result. Do you have more info on this, Dothery? I am truly interested - this seems like a very sad love story.

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From everything that I have read, William Powell really loved Jean Harlow. They had been dating for two years and were engaged when she died. They both were extremely busy making movies during those two years before her death. Her death devastated him; he had a breakdown as a result. Do you have more info on this, Dothery? I am truly interested - this seems like a very sad love story.

 

 

My information comes from "Love, Laughter and Tears," by Adela Rogers St. Johns, who knew both of them very well. That part of the book is one of the saddest things I ever read, and stuck with me. Here it is; I dug the book out. It took place at Hearst Castle, where they were all to be guests. Adela arrived at 3:00 AM and was told that Jean had asked that she be told as soon as she got there, no matter what time it was. A little while later Jean came in with Bill. In front of Adela, she asked him to marry her. He groaned and said, "Baby, don't ... what's the use of this?" She told him she loved him, that she had never loved anyone else. She asked, "Do you love me?" He answered, "More than I've ever loved anything. You know that." She said, "Then why won't you marry me?" He told her, and Adela, why ... he was getting older, his hair was thinning, soon he'd have a pot; she was 20 years younger; he wanted the kind of life where he could come home in the evenings and take his shoes off and rest; he'd been married to a blonde bombshell once and didn't want to go through it again. He mentioned Paul Bern and the fact that he had killed himself. He said even if a man started out sane he couldn't cope with being married to the world's sex symbol. "I don't want to be married in my declining years to a girl men kill themselves over." He was adamant. After a while she said she'd have a nap on the couch and he left, and Adela went upstairs to her bed. She came down again later and found Jean sobbing. She said, "I never saw a girl cry like that."

 

There's a good bit more about that in the book, but it's three or four pages. These are the important parts. This is all I know about it. Jean Harlow didn't live long after that, and Adela says her heart was torn out, and she didn't think she got it back before her death. She says, "They were so sincere I could hardly stand to watch them. That scene made me know forever how much people do feel, can feel, how powerful emotions are. I have never from that day sold feelings short."

 

Bill Powell was completely devastated when Jean died. He bought her tomb and for years there were flowers on it from him. Later he married and had a very happy life with his wife, so I think his judgment was right. But how sad a story.

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JOAN COLLINS is 80 today

 

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What an interesting picture of Joan Collins. I know she is British but I couldn't find anything but her ethnic background. I wonder if she was like Merle Oberon in that she had relatives from India. Of course maybe it was just how they did her make up.

 

 

 

 

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Sorry but "was Jewish from South Africa" doesn't tell me anything specific about her father's ethnic background. Instead it just tells me his religion and the country he came from. One could be black and be 'Jewish from South Africa' (e.g. I have a friend that is Jewish and from West Africa and he looks very similar to Denzel Washington).

 

 

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If you read my initial post related to Joan I wondered if she was like Merle Oberon. i.e. someone that was born in England but had a parent from India due to how she looked in this picture. Since India was a colony of England that wouldn't of been too unusual.

 

I did google Joan Collins and I couldn't find anything specific about her parents. I guess that photo makes her look very exotic because of her make up, how they did her hair and just how the photo was taken. i.e. to me she doesn't look like the offspring of two english parents.

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