Harlean's first husband was Chuck McGrew, a wealthy Chicago heir who was six years her senior. They met and fell in love on a blind date arranged by one of Jean's classmates at Ferry Hall, an all-girl's academy in Illinois, during the fall of 1926. They bonded immediately and eloped a year later -- Chuck was twenty, Harlean a mere sixteen.
Their happy marriage lasted for a few years, until Chuck tried -- unsuccessfully -- to move away from her family to Hollywood. Fate landed her at Centeral Casting's doorstep. On a whim, she began to live the life her mother only dreamed of, for Mother Jean wanted to be a movie star. But it was Harlean who had to goods to become one. Harlean's dream to be a wife and mother as overshadowed by her willingness to please Mother Jean. The two worlds collided and in 1929 she was divorced. By then she had signed on to be "Jean Harlow" the actress, and that persona lost Harlean her first true love.