One can imagine Clark Gable making drinks behind the bar, as Harlow and Gable, who calledher “Sis”, were best friends. William Powell, Walter Huston, Louis B Mayer as well as manyother possibilities. Unfortunately, Jean died in 1937 at the young age of only 26, from a uremic poisoning brought on by acute nephritis.Jean’s real name was Harlean Carpenter, born in Kansas City on March 3
, 1911. Next year willmark the anniversary of her 100
birthday, had she been alive today. She was also the godmother of Millicent Siegel, daughter of the notorious mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. She had twofamous superstitions: She always wore a lucky ankle chain on her left leg. Back then she had to be one of the first wearing an anklet. Her other is a lucky mirror in her dressing room. Shewouldn’t leave the room without first looking in it.Across the street from her lived Lee Duncan, who was the owner of the famous canine superstar,Rin Tin Tin. As the story goes, when the dog passed away at the age of 16, Harlow went over tothe house and cradled the dog's head in her lap.Setting up the bar was always a bit of a task depending on if you’re using real glassware, asthere’s basically true backbar, and the underbar has its’ original stainless steel still in place.Therefore,
always had to be as efficient as possible, though the wine rack builtin the wall in back helped a little.As you can tell at the bar, all the archways throughout the home remained the same, so prettymuch the entire property inside and out was kept to its’ original style and architectural design,fitting, given the history. Though a multi-storied home, I’ve yet to get the chance to peruseupstairs, maybe next time. Due to security being out in front of the home before the guestsarrived, I didn’t get a shot of the front, but it’s beautifully laid out with a veranda and fine tileup to the front door, and a waterfall in the open flat part of the yard.