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Carole Lombard ACTOR


Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908 to Frederick C. Peters and Elizabeth Knight. She had two older brothers, Frederick and Stuart. Carole’s father had been injured during his early life and was left with constant headaches which caused him to have fits of anger which disturbed the family. Her parents divorced in 1914 and her mother took the children to live in Los Angeles, California. In Los Angeles, Carole attended Virgil Jr. High School and then Fairfax High School. 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. As a result, Carole quit school to pursue acting full-time. Her first film was “A Perfect Crime” 1921. Although she pursued other acting jobs, she did not appear onscreen again for another four years. She returned to a normal life, going to school and participating in athletics, excelling in track and field. She joined a theater group and played in several stage shows, which were not very successful. She later graduated from Fairfax High in 1927.

After graduating from junior high school, Carole signed on with Fox Films and appeared in the film “Dick Turpin” (1925). She made more than 20 silent films during the 1920's, mostly in small roles as a supporting actress. Her first leading role with Fox was a movie named “Hearts and Spurs” (1925). Next, she appeared in a western called “Durand of the Bad Lands” (1925) and in a comedy called “Marriage in Transit” (1925). Carole 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 recovered, Fox canceled her contract. She did find work in a number of short films during 1928, many of which were slapstick comedies directed by Mack Sennett. Carole did go back for a one-time shot with Fox in a filmed called “Me, Gangster” (1928).

At this point, the film industry was moving from the silent era to talking films. While some stars’ careers ended because of heavy accents, poor diction or a voice unsuitable to sound; Carole’s sexy voice enabled her to transition smoothly during this period. Her first sound film was “High Voltage” (1929) at Pathe - her new film studio. In 1931 she was teamed with William Powell in “Man of the World”. 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. This encounter would seal their fate, and seven years later in 1939 they would become husband and wife. By now, Carole was with Paramount Pictures and was one of its top stars. However, it was Twentieth Century in 1934 that helped Carole showcase her true comedic talents and proved to the world what a great actress she really was.
In 1936 Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress for playing the ditzy heiress Irene Bulluck in “My Man Godfrey” (1936). This was the first film to ever receive four acting nominations at the Academy Awards in the year that the supporting categories were first introduced. Unfortunately, Carole did not win an Oscar for this role, it went to Luise Rainer. Carole was now putting out about one film a year, she became more selective in the movie roles she chose, she wanted to choose roles that had substance. Carole was adept at picking just the right part. Carole commanded and received what was one of the top salaries in the business. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time and was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930's, earning around $500,000 per year.
Carole made one more film, “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”. Tragically, she didn’t live to see its release. The film was completed in 1941 just at the time the U.S. entered World War II, and was subsequently held back for release until 1942. On Friday, January 16, 1942 at 4:00 in the morning, Carole and her mother boarded a Trans World Airlines DC-3 airplane to return to California. Before boarding, Lombard greeted her fans and said “Before I say goodbye to you all, come on and join me in a big cheer! V for Victory!” After refueling in Las Vegas, the plane took off and twenty-three minutes later crashed into a mountain side thirty miles southwest of Las Vegas. All 23 passengers aboard were killed. Carole Lombard was only 34 years old.


1921  A Perfect Crime
1924  Gold Heels
1925  Dick Turpin1925  Marriage in Transit
1925  Gold and the Girl
1925  Hearts and Spurs
1925  Durand of the Bad Lands
1925  The Plastic Age
1925  Ben-Hur
1926  The Road to Glory
1926  The Johnstown Flood
1927  The Fighting Eagle
1927  My Best Girl
1928  The Divine Sinner
1928  Power
1928  Me, Gangster
1928  Show Folks
1928  Ned McCobb's Daughter
1929  High Voltage
1929  Big News
1929  The Racketeer
1930  The Arizona Kid
1930  Safety in Numbers
1930  Fast and Loose
1931  It Pays to Advertise
1931  Man of the World
1931  Ladies' Man
1931  Up Pops the Devil
1931  I Take This Woman
1932  No One Man
1932  Sinners in the Sun
1932  Virtue
1932  No More Orchids
1932  No Man of Her Own
1933  From Hell to Heaven
1933  Supernatural
1933  The Eagle and the Hawk
1933  Brief Moment
1933  White Woman
1934  Bolero
1934  We're Not Dressing
1934  Twentieth Century
1934  Now and Forever
1934  Lady by Choice
1934  The Gay Bride
1935  Rumba
1935  Hands Across the Table
1936  Love Before Breakfast
1936  The Princess Comes Across
1936  My Man Godfrey
1937  Swing High, Swing Low
1937  Nothing Sacred
1937  True Confession
1938  Fools for Scandal
1939  Made for Each Other
1939  In Name Only
1940  Vigil in the Night
1940  They Knew What They Wanted
1941  Mr. & Mrs. Smith
1942  To Be or Not to Be

Matinee Classics - Carole Lombard
Matinee Classics - Carole Lombard
Matinee Classics - Carole Lombard
Matinee Classics - Carole Lombard
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Matinee Classics - Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
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