A short blog on a bit of a strange day today...
7th June 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the death of one of my cinema idols, the stunning Jean Harlow, aged just 26. Being born just days apart from my grandmother in March 1911 gave me a sort of affinity with the actress, who was born Harlean Carpenter. I read a lot about her short, but (in true Hollywood tradition “eventful”) life to the extent that she became the subject of my first ever biography...
More recently, Stuart Cable, drummer with the brilliant Killing for Company passed away on this day two years ago. I was lucky enough to see Stuart perform with the band just weeks before his untimely death... since then, I have met and got to know the rest of the band and my thoughts are with Greg, Andy, Steve, Richie and Jamie, as well as Stuart’s family on what must be a very difficult day.
I suppose there are two things that connect Jean Harlow and Stuart Cable... the first is that both their lives were cut cruelly short, but the second is that much of their work remains as a legacy or testament to the talents they both possessed; so I can settle down and watch Platinum Blonde or listen to Born Yesterday with a smile, knowing that two totally different people from different countries... different eras... both touched my life.
Jean Harlow 1911-1937
Stuart Cable 1970-2010
All my own work... almost.