Millie, a Pre-Code melodrama starring the largely forgotten actress Helen Twelvetrees, airs on TCM Jan. 9 at 6 a.m. Pacific/9 a.m. Eastern. Although many actresses of the classic era endured their shares of trials and tribulations, the saddest aspect of Twelvetrees’ story is that we never had a chance to see if she was capable of fulfilling her potential. For more about Twelvetrees, read this excellent post.
Jean Harlow, Hollywood’s original Blonde Bombshell. That said, my favorite Harlow film is called Red-Headed Woman, which opens with Harlow mocking the notion that blondes have more fun.