Jean Harlow’s MGM Contract Forbid Her From Marrying William Powell

The Roaring 20s gave way to the Golden Age of Hollywood with the birth of glamorous starlets and brilliant filmmakers willing to do anything make it in the film industry. For several decades, the Big Five studios ruled the land, making demands of their talent that would never fly today.

In search of fame and fortune, actors handed over their autonomy to overbearing studio executives. Actors even signed restrictive contracts that gave the studios control over their careers and personal relationships.

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