Carole Lombard

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Carole Lombard

Born

10/6/1908, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Died

1/16/1942

Birth Name

Jane Alice Peters

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Carol Powell, Carol Lombard, Jane Peters
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Biography

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Carole Lombard was eight years old when her parents divorced and her mother moved her and her two older brothers from Indiana to Los Angeles to begin a new life. She was only twelve years old when she was spotted by a scout and given a small role…more

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Carole was rumored to have been engaged to crooner Russ Colombo at the time of his sudden death; she later referred to Russ as "the great love of my life."

    • The American Film Institute in 1999 ranked Carole Lombard #23 on its list of the 50 greatest American female screen legends.

    • Carole felt that overburdened social commitments combined with heavy work schedules were what contributed to the demise of her first marriage with Powell, and she went to great lengths to have private time and simultaneous production breaks with Gable when they married.

    • She once had an electrician reinstated on her set who had lost his leg in an accident, after learning that he had been fired by the studio.

    • Carole's only appearance in Technicolor was in the 1936 film My Man Godfrey.

    • Carole was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Clark Gable is buried next to her.

    • Carole attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where she was elected "May Queen" in 1924 (her sophomore year).

    • In 1925 she was making $75 per week for a movie; twelve years later, in 1937 she was making $18,750 per week for a movie.

    • Lucille Ball maintained that she was persuaded to go ahead with I Love Lucy in 1951 when Carole came to her in a dream and recommended that Lucy take a chance on entering television. The two had been close friends before Carole's death.

    • In 1937 she did a print ad for Lucky Strike cigarettes.

    • Carole was 5'2" in height.

    • In 1936, she legally changed her name to Carole Lombard.

    • Carole was a great athlete, and especially excelled at track and field.

    • Both of her marriages were childless.

    • She and Clark Gable nicknamed one another "Ma and Pa" after they were married.

    • Carole was injured in a car accident in 1926 and as a result, had a scar on the left side of her face. She refused anesthesia because she was told that it might worsen the appearance of the scar.

    • Only in her first film, A Perfect Crime, was she credited by her real name, Jane Peters.

    • Carole was known in Hollywood for her coarse language, practical jokes, extravagant parties and her genuine compassion for people in general, down to the lowliest crew members and grips.

    • She never had a dressing room when shooting a movie, but instead Carole preferred to socialize with the cast and crew members during her breaks.

    • It was reputed that Carole's reason for taking a plane rather than a train was that she was in a rush after getting wind of an alleged affair between her husband, Clark Gable. and Lana Turner, who was working with him on a film at the time.

    • President Franklin D. Roosevelt posthumously awarded Carole the Medal of Freedom as the first woman killed in the line of duty in World War II.

    • The fatal flight that ended her life was decided upon by a coin flip; Carole won the toss and opted to take a plane, rather than travel by train.

    • One of Carole's nicknames in Hollywood was "The Profane Angel."

    • Though married and divorced from actor William Powell, they remained good friends until the time of her death.

  • Quotes

    • Carole: (On why she wouldn't work with Orson Welles) I can't win working with Welles. If the picture's a huge hit he'll get the credit, and if it's a flop, I'll be blamed.

    • Carole: (about the income tax system) Every cent anybody pays in taxes is spent to benefit him. There's no better place to spend it. I enjoy this country and really think I get my money's worth.

    • Carole Lombard: 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: I think marriage is dangerous. The idea of two people trying to possess each other is wrong. I don't think the flare of love lasts. Your mind rather than your emotions must answer for the success of matrimony. It must be friendship -- a calm companionship which can last through the years.

    • Carole: Bill Powell is the only intelligent actor I've ever met.

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