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Carole Lombard Biography and Filmography
Carole Lombard
Birthday: October 6, 1908
Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Height: 5' 2"
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Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director, Carole was signed to a one-picture contract in 1921 when she was 12. The film in question was A Perfect Crime (1921). Although she tried for other acting jobs, she would not be seen onscreen again for four years. She returned to a normal life, going to school and participating in athletics, excelling in track and field. By age 15 she had had enough of school, though, and quit. She joined a theater troupe and played in several stage shows, which were for the most part nothing to write home about. In 1925 she passed a screen test and was signed to a contract with Fox Films. Her first role as a Fox player was Hearts and Spurs (1925), in which she had the lead. Right after that film she appeared in a western called Durand of the Bad Lands (1925). She rounded out 1925 in the comedy Marriage in Transit (1925) (she also appeared in a number of two-reel shorts). In 1926 Carole was seriously injured in an automobile accident that resulted in the left side of her face being scarred. Once she had recovered, Fox canceled her contract. She did find work in a number of shorts during 1928 (13 of them, many for slapstick comedy director Mack Sennett), but did go back for a one-time shot with Fox called Me, Gangster (1928). By now the film industry was moving from the silent era to "talkies". While some stars' careers ended because of heavy accents, poor diction or a voice unsuitable to sound, Carole's light, breezy, sexy voice enabled her to transition smoothly during this period. Her first sound film was High Voltage (1929) at Pathe (her new studio) in 1929. In 1931 she was teamed with William Powell in Man of the World (1931). She and Powell hit it off and soon married, but the marriage didn't work out and they divorced in 1933. No Man of Her Own (1932) put Carole opposite Clark Gable for the first and only time (they married seven years later in 1939). By now she was with Paramount Pictures and was one of its top stars. However, it was Twentieth Century (1934) that showed her true comedic talents and proved to the world what a fine actress she really was. In 1936 Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress for My Man Godfrey (1936). She was superb as ditzy heiress Irene Bullock. Unfortunately, the coveted award went to Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), which also won for Best Picture. Carole was now putting out about one film a year of her own choosing, because she wanted whatever role she picked to be a good one. She was adept at picking just the right part, which wasn't surprising as she was smart enough to see through the good-ol'-boy syndrome of the studio moguls. She commanded and received what was one of the top salaries in the business - at one time it was reported she was making ,000 a week. She made but one film in 1941, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941). Her last film was in 1942, when she played Maria Tura opposite Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be (1942). Tragically, she didn't live to see its release. The film was completed in 1941 just at the time the US entered World War II, and was subsequently held back for release until 1942. Meanwhile, Carole went home to Indiana for a war bond rally. On January 16, 1942, Carole, her mother, and 20 other people were flying back to California when the plane went down outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. All aboard perished. The highly acclaimed actress was dead at the age of 33 and few have been able to match her talents since.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
Vigil in the Night (1940)
In Name Only (1939)
Made for Each Other (1939)
Fools for Scandal (1938)
[ Jane Wyman ]
True Confession (1937)
[ Hattie McDaniel ][ Foby Wing ]
Nothing Sacred (1937)
[ Margaret Hamilton ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
[ Dorothy Lamour ]
My Man Godfrey (1936)
[ Jane Wyman ]
The Princess Comes Across (1936)
Love Before Breakfast (1936)
Hands Across the Table (1935)
Rumba (1935)
[ Jane Wyman ]
The Gay Bride (1934)
Lady by Choice (1934)
Now and Forever (1934)
[ Shirley Temple ]
Twentieth Century (1934)
We're Not Dressing (1934)
[ Ethel Merman ]
Bolero (1934)
White Woman (1933)
Brief Moment (1933)
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
Supernatural (1933)
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
No Man of Her Own (1932)
No More Orchids (1932)
Virtue (1932)
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
No One Man (1932)
I Take This Woman (1931)
Up Pops the Devil (1931)
Ladies' Man (1931)
Man of the World (1931)
It Pays to Advertise (1931)
[ Louise Brooks ]
Fast and Loose (1930)
Safety in Numbers (1930)
The Arizona Kid (1930)
Dynamite (1929)
The Racketeer (1929)
Big News (1929)
High Voltage (1929)
Don't Get Jealous (1929)
Matchmaking Mamma (1929)
Hubby's Weekend Trip (1928)
Show Folks (1928)
Me, Gangster (1928)
Motorboat Mamas (1928)
The Campus Vamp (1928)
Power (1928)
His Unlucky Night (1928)
The Girl from Nowhere (1928)
The Divine Sinner (1928)
Smith's Restaurant (1928)
The Bicycle Flirt (1928)
The Swim Princess (1928)
The Best Man (1928)
Smith's Army Life (1928)
Ned McCobb's Daughter (1928)
Run, Girl, Run (1928)
The Campus Carmen (1928)
The Beach Club (1928)
The Girl from Everywhere (1927)
My Best Girl (1927)
Gold Digger of Weepah (1927)
Smith's Pony (1927)
The Fighting Eagle (1927)
The Johnstown Flood (1926)
The Road to Glory (1926)
The Plastic Age (1925)
Durand of the Bad Lands (1925)
Hearts and Spurs (1925)
Gold and the Girl (1925)
Marriage in Transit (1925)
Dick Turpin (1925)
Gold Heels (1924)
A Perfect Crime (1921)
  • During World War II, after her death, a Liberty ship was named after her.
  • A 1926 auto accident badly cut her face. Advanced plastic surgery and adroit use of make-up covered the scars. However, at the time the belief was that use of anesthetic during the operation would leave worse scars, so she endured the reconstructive surgery without an anesthetic.
  • Linked romantically to crooner Russ Columbo until his accidental death late in 1934.
  • Lombard was listed in the credits of Safety in Numbers (1930), her first Paramount release, as Carole (instead of Carol as in her previous billings). They decided that this would now be the official spelling and she went along with it. She legally changed her name to Carole Lombard in 1936. Only in her first film, A Perfect Crime (1921) did she use her real name, Jane Peters.
  • Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust, on the left hand side, next to Clark Gable.
  • Second cousin of director Howard Hawks.
  • Second cousin of Kenneth Hawks.
  • Both of her marriages were childless.
  • Cousin-in-law of Mary Astor.
  • Cousin-in-law of Athole Shearer.
  • Cousin-in-law of Dee Hartford.
  • A natural tomboy with athletic prowess and spirit far exceeding her size (she was a petite child who stood 5' 2", with shoes) the future screen star frequently joined her brothers in roughhousing.
  • She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty in WWII. Roosevelt greatly admired her work for the war effort, and ironically she was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.
  • Cousin of William B. Hawks, cousin-in-law of Bessie Love.
  • Measurements: 34 1/2B-24 1/2-34 (MGM costumer Adrian's book), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Wore size 4 1/2B shoe.
  • Her film To Be or Not to Be (1942) was in post-production when she died in a plane crash, and the producers decided to leave out a part that had her character ironically saying, "What can happen in a plane?"
  • Was called the "Queen of Screwball Comedy".
  • The Jack Benny radio show that followed her death was cancelled because Benny, a good friend and admirer, was grief-stricken. The time was filled with music instead.
  • Lucille Ball said she finally decided to go ahead with "I Love Lucy" (1951) when Carole, who had been a close friend, came to her in a dream and recommended she take a chance on the risky idea of entering television.
  • She was offered the lead role in a melodrama, "Smiler with a Knife," to be directed by a newcomer at RKO named Orson Welles. She turned it down, opting to return to screwball comedy in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1942). Welles refused to make Smiler without her; instead, he began work on Citizen Kane (1941).
  • Considered by many to be the prototype for the icy blondes in Alfred Hitchcock's films.
  • The plane crash that killed her took place less then a month before the Oscars. Despite her mothers premonition of the disaster, she refused to take a train to Los Angeles. She was reputedly in a rush after getting wind of an alleged affair between her husband Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.
  • Interred next to Clark Gable at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
  • Was named #23 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends
  • Is portrayed by Anastasia Hille in RKO 281 (1999) (TV), by Jill Clayburgh in Gable and Lombard (1976), by Denise Crosby in Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV), by Vanessa Gray in Lucy (2003) (TV) and by Sharon Gless in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) (TV)
  • The decision to take the plane which eventually killed Carole and her mother was decided literary on the flip of a coin, with Carole winning the toss. The plane they took was a military convoy which made many stops in order to pick up troops. After the first stop, an officer requested Carole, her mother and publicist to get off the plane to make room for more troops. Carole reportedly argued with him, stating the fact she had raised more than half a million dollars in war bonds and had the right to stay on. The officer finally conceded, and shortly after, the plane crashed.
  • Is a second-generation Bahá'í who formally declared her membership to the Bahá'í Faith in 1938.
  • Her performance as Maria Tura in "To Be or Not to Be" (1942) is ranked #38 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Attended Virgil Junior High School on Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles in the early 1920s. The school exists as Virgil Middle School on Vermont Avenue, one block from the original school today.
  • Part of her honeymoon with Clark Gable was at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs. The Inn continues to operate to this day and anyone can stay in the same room, called "The Library Suite" today. The room remains largely unaltered since the Gables stayed there more than 60 years ago.

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