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Hello from Hollywood!

I’m currently on holiday in Los Angeles, fulfilling a long time dream of being able to visit all those Old Hollywood related locations, from star homes and filming locations to restaurants, studios, you name it, all with connections to my favourite films and leading ladies. We’ve spent a week here now and I am happy to confirm that Los Angeles is just as sunny, glamorous and seedy as I’ve always imagined. It is that very combination that has always fascinated me about this city. Yes, I am hopelessly in love with the city of angels.

There’s so much that we’ve already been able to cover and I hope to do a whole series of posts featuring the different places that we have and will soon have visited. I wanted to start with Harlowood.

As many of you surely already know, Jean Harlow is my favourite star and visiting all of the places where she lived, worked and played at has been a long time dream of mine – I’m so happy to say that it is a dream that I’ve now been largely able to fulfill. In this first post I’ll cover the Harlow related spots around Hollywood & Highland, all of which are easily accessed by foot if you’re staying around Hollywood.

I want to express my thanks to Lisa Burks of Jean Harlow Platinum Page for gathering all of the information on Harlow related locations in one place! It was my biggest resource for finding Harlow’s Hollywood.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Jean Harlow’s signature, hand and foot prints are located near the front of the forecourt, on the west side of the box office of the Chinese Theatre.

Harlow’s hand and footprints were done in September 1933 in connection with the release of the film Dinner at Eight. She had two ceremonies because the cement slab from her first imprint was accidentally destroyed. Coincidentally, this month marks the 80th anniversary of the Baby’s handprint ceremonies.

First ceremony on September 25, 1933.

First ceremony on September 25, 1933.

Harlow was honoured with another ceremony four days later, on September 29, 1933.

Harlow was honoured with another ceremony four days later, on September 29, 1933.



Jean Harlow’s second square, which is the one you see today as the first one never made it into the forecourt, contains the inscription “To Sid In Sincere Appreciation.” Also included are the date (“Sept-29-33”), her two tiny footprints made in high heels, handprints, signature as well as three black pennies she embedded in the cement for good luck. The coins have since been removed.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was built over 18 months; from January 1926 by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman, and opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings. It has since been home to many glittering premieres, including the infamous premiere of Hell’s Angels on May 24, 1930. TO BE CONTINUED…


Finger wave tutorial
My friend and frequent guest star of this blog, Jirina, does some of the very best finger waves that I’ve ever seen. I asked her to do a guest post on this 1920s and 1930s stable ‘do because I haven’t really seen any truly great tutorials on finger waving online before.

Instead of a simple blog post, we ended up filming a tutorial for your viewing pleasure!


Now, finger waves really aren’t the easiest of vintage hairdos to master; it takes time and practise to truly perfect this look. I’m still learning myself. But the results are so strikingly beautiful that it is most definitely worth any and all extra effort and time! Well done waves are like veritable works of art, in my humble opinion.

Some of the tutorials that I’ve come by online suggest finger waving on natural hair, some even recommend sleeping with wave clips on. We find this unnecessarily difficult and uncomfortable. Both Jirina and I have straight hair so we curl our hair the night before as it gives a great base for the waves. We used air rollers but you can do tight pin curls or use sponge rollers, whatever suits your fancy. Then brush the hair out in the morning, style and set the wave clips. Have breakfast, do your make-up and other morning tasks before removing the wave clips after a minimum time of about half an hour – the more time, the better. Then style, comb a little, spray – and voilà!

Well, watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.


Note: in order to keep things as simple as possible, we didn’t wave the whole head this time but only the front. You can, of course, wave the back of your hair as well with this same technique.

Tools of the trade:

  • Wave clips (waving clamps) – you can get some at Sally Beauty, for example

  • Lottabody or another setting lotion of choice

  • Hairspray

  • Hair brush and a rattail comb

  • and, perhaps, some bobby pins

  • originally posted on December 2, 2012

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    My name is Riikka and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I'm a film researcher and a freelance journalist, a sartorial devotee of vintage fashion and endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I write about film, fashion, design, architecture - and all things old and pretty.

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