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Carole Lombard

Vital Statistics:
Real name: Jane Alice Peters
Date of birth: October 6, 1908
Place of birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Date of death: January 16, 1942
Place of Death: Nevada, USA [plane crash]

Bio:

Jane Alice Peters, later to become Carole Lombard, ["The Profane Angel"], was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced when she was eight and her mother took Carole and her two older brothers to Los Angeles to start a new life.
After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by film director, Allan Dwan, Carole was signed at the age of twelve for the film A Perfect Crime .
She was bitten by the acting bug and quit school at fifteen to pursue her dream.
She joined a theater troupe and played in several stage shows.
In 1925, she was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox and appeared in a number of Westerns and shorts.
In 1926, Carole was seriously injured in an automobile accident which left the left side of her face scarred. Fox canceled her contract. She had plastic surgery and found work with Mack Sennett, making thirteen two-reelers in eighteen months.
Carole made a smooth transition to "talkies" in High Voltage for Pathe in 1929.
Carole married William Powell in 1931. The marriage lasted two years and their divorce was amicable.
In 1932 she made her only film with Clark Gable, No Man of Her Own .
In 1934's Twentieth Century she showed her marvelous comedic talents and proved what a fine actress she truly was.
She was romantically linked to singer Russ Columbo, who died accidentally in 1934.
She was one of the top stars at Paramount Studios, earning $35, 000/week in her heyday. In 1936, Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress in My Man Godfrey .
She now performed in about one film a year of her choosing and was adept at picking roles that suited her talents.
In her personal life, she was noted for her coarse language, hilarious practical jokes, lavish parties, and a genuine concern for people.
She had a fabled relationship with Clark Gable and became his wife in March, 1939. They resided on a twenty acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley, called each other "Ma" and "Pa", and lived an idyllic life, which unfortunately was cut short.
Her last film was 1942's To Be or Not To Be , but she didn't live to see its release.
Carole went home to Indiana for a War Bond rally. On the return flight, January 16, 1942, Carole, her mother, and twenty other people perished when their plane went down outside of Las Vegas.
A great comedienne and a great lady was dead at the age of 33.

"I've lived by a man's code designed to fit a man's world, yet
at the same time I never forget that a woman's first job is to
choose the right shade of lipstick.". ~~ Carole Lombard

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Filmography:
Show Business at War (1943) ~~ Herself
To Be or Not to Be (1942) ~~ Maria Tura
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) ~~ Ann Krausheimer Smith
They Knew What They Wanted (1940) ~~ Amy Peters
Vigil in the Night (1940) ~~ Anne Lee
Made for Each Other (1939) ~~ Jane Mason
In Name Only (1939) ~~ Julie Eden
Fools for Scandal (1938) ~~ Kay Winters
Nothing Sacred (1937) ~~ Hazel Flagg
Swing High, Swing Low (1937) ~~ Maggie King
True Confession (1937) ~~ Helen Bartlett
My Man Godfrey (1936) ~~ Irene Bullock
Love Before Breakfast (1936) ~~ Kay Colby
Princess Comes Across, The (1936) ~~ Princess Olga
Hands Across the Table (1935) ~~ Regi Allen
Rumba (1935) ~~ Diana Harrison
Gay Bride, The (1934) ~~ Mary Magiz
Lady by Choice (1934) ~~ "Alabam'" Georgia Lee
We're Not Dressing (1934) ~~ Doris Worthington
Bolero (1934) ~~ Helen Hathaway
Now and Forever (1934) ~~ Toni Carstairs
Twentieth Century (1934) ~~ Lily Garland (Mildred Plotka)
Brief Moment (1933) ~~ Abby Fane
Eagle and the Hawk, The (1933) ~~ Beautiful Lady
From Hell To Heaven (1933) ~~ Colly Tanner
Supernatural (1933) ~~ Roma Courtney
White Woman (1933) ~~ Judith Denning
Virtue (1932) ~~ Mae
No One Man (1932) ~~ Penelope Newbold
No Man of Her Own (1932) ~~ Connie Randall
No More Orchids (1932) ~~ Annie Holt
Sinners in the Sun (1932) ~~ Doris Blake
Ladies' Man (1931) ~~ Rachel Fendley
Man of the World (1931) ~~ Mary Kendall
I Take This Woman (1931) ~~ Kay Dowling
It Pays to Advertise (1931) ~~ Mary Grayson
Up Pops the Devil (1931) ~~ Anne Merrick
Safety in Numbers (1930) ~~ Pauline
Arizona Kid, The (1930) ~~ Virginia Hoyt
Fast and Loose (1930) ~~ Alice O'Neil
Dynamite (1929) (uncredited) ~~ Bit Part
Big News (1929) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Margaret Banks
High Voltage (1929) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Billie Davis
Matchmaking Mamas (1929) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Child
Racketeer, The (1929) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Rhoda Philbrooke
Ned McCobb's Daughter (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Jennie
Campus Carmen, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Show Folks (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Cleo
Me, Gangster (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Blonde Rosie
Campus Vamp, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Carole
Power (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Another Dame
His Unlucky Night (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Girl from Nowhere, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Divine Sinner, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Millie Claudert
Bicycle Flirt, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Swim Princess, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ The Swim Star
Best Man, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Beach Club, The (1928) (as Carol Lombard)
Run, Girl, Run (1928) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Norma
Girl from Everywhere, The (1927) (as Carol Lombard)
My Best Girl (1927) (uncredited) ~~ Salesgirl
Smith's Pony (1927) (as Carol Lombard)
Road to Glory, The (1926) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Bit Part
Durand of the Badlands (1925) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Ellen Boyd
Hearts and Spurs (1925) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Sybil Estabrook
Gold and the Girl (1925) (as Carol Lombard)
Marriage in Transit (1925) (as Carol Lombard) ~~ Celia Hathaway
Dick Turpin (1925) (as Carol Lombard)
Gold Heels (1924) (uncredited) ~~ Bit
Perfect Crime, A (1921) (as Jane Peters) ~~ Griggs' Sister

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Cover of Carole Lombard, the Hoosier Tornado

Carole Lombard, the Hoosier Tornado (Indiana Biography Series)
Wes D. Gehring
Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press
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Carole Lombard (1908-1942) was the undisputed queen of screwball comedy in the 1930s. She had a dynamic personality and was nicknamed "The Hoosier Tornado." Lombard, who often doubled as an uncredited producer, loved all things cinematic. A keen intelligence and show-biz savvy defined her as much as her boundless energy and stunning beauty in a day before Medifast coupons and other supplements.

She enthralled audiences in such films as Twentieth Century, My Man Godfrey, Nothing Scared, and To Be or Not to Be.

Her offscreen romance with and eventual marriage to the King of Hollywood, Clark Gable, was the stuff of dreams. Her tragic death in a plane crash at age 33 saddened the world.

Being a huge fan of Carole Lombard, I was naturally eager to read about her life. Wes Gehring's extensive research shows in this inaugural volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press's Indiana Biography series. Gehring, a noted authority on film comedy, has a witty and warm writing style and his affection for Ms. Lombard is apparent in this terrific tribute to the "Profane Angel." He details Lombard's life and times, and dishes some delicious backstage gossip. This books is a must-read for any classic film fan.

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