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Birth information

6 October 1908 Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Death information

16 January 1942 Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, USA

Given Name

Jane Alice Peters

Nickname

The Profane Angel
The Hoosier Tornado
The Queen of Screwball Comedy

How tall is Carole Lombard?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Clark Gable
William Powell

Life Story of Carole Lombard

Born in Indiana, she was eight years old when her parents divorced, and her mother took her and her two older brothers to L.A. to start a new life. At age twelve she was spotted playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan who cast her as a tom-boy in "A Perfect Crime". Bitten by the movie bug, she went on to amateur theatre, small and then larger roles in Fox westerns and comedies. In 1926, an auto accident scarred the left side of her face, which was repaired by plastic surgery. After recuperating, she went to Max Sennett and made 13 two-reelers in 18 months. This was followed by full-length features at Pathe and then Paramount, where she became one of Hollywood's highest paid stars. In her personal life, she became noted for her coarse language, practical jokes, lavish parties and her genuine concern for all people, down to the lowliest crew members. She was returning from a War bond drive in her home state of Indiana, when her plane crashed outside of Las Vegas in 1942, killing her and her mother and 20 other passengers.

Significant features of Carole Lombard

Sparkling blue eyes

How much money has Carole Lombard earned?

Marriage in Transit (1925) $75 /week
Hearts and Spurs (1925) $25 /week
The Swim Princess (1928) $400 /week
Matchmaking Mamma (1929) $400 /week
Fast and Loose (1930) $350 /week
No Man of...

Publications and Magazines about Carole Lombard

Warren G. Harris Gable and Lombard. 1974
W. Matzen Carole Lombard: A Bio-Bibliography. 1988
Larry Swindell Screwball: The Life of Carole Lombard. 1975
Wes D. Gehring Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado. 2003
Frederick W. Ott The Films of Carole Lombard. 1973
Leonard Maltin Carole Lombard. 1976
Barbara Washburn Chasing Carole. 2008
James Robert Parish The Paramount Pretties. 1972
Joe Morella & Edward Z. Epstein Gable & Lombard & Powell & Harlow. 1975
Michael B. Druxman Lombard: A One-Woman Play. 2011
Robert Matzen Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3. 2013
Robert D. Matzen Caole Lombard: A Bio-Biography. 1988
Charles River Editors American Legend: The Life of Carole Lombard. 2013
Charles River Editors Clark Gable & Carole Lombard: The Golden Era of Hollywood's Star-Crossed Couple. 2013

Biographical movies about Carole Lombard

Gable and Lombard 1976
Biography: "Carole Lombard: Hollywood's Profane Angel" 2001

What movies did Carole Lombard play or participate?

Actors Filmography
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, In Name Only (1939) Julie Eden, Made for Each Other (1939) Jane Mason, Fools for Scandal (1938) Kay Winters, True Confession (1937) Helen Bartlett, Nothing Sacred (1937) Hazel Flagg, Swing High, Swing Low (1937) Maggie King, My Man Godfrey (1936) Irene Bullock, The Princess Comes Across (1936) Princess Olga, Love Before Breakfast (1936) Kay Colby, Hands Across the Table (1935) Regi Allen, Rumba...

Birth information

6 October 1908 Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Death information

16 January 1942 Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, USA

Given Name

Jane Alice Peters

Nickname

The Profane Angel
The Hoosier Tornado
The Queen of Screwball Comedy

How tall is Carole Lombard?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Clark Gable
William Powell

Life Story of Carole Lombard

Born in Indiana, she was eight years old when her parents divorced, and her mother took her and her two older brothers to L.A. to start a new life. At age twelve she was spotted playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan who cast her as a tom-boy in "A Perfect Crime". Bitten by the movie bug, she went on to amateur theatre, small and then larger roles in Fox westerns and comedies. In 1926, an auto accident scarred the left side of her face, which was repaired by plastic surgery. After recuperating, she went to Max Sennett and made 13 two-reelers in 18 months. This was followed by full-length features at Pathe and then Paramount, where she became one of Hollywood's highest paid stars. In her personal life, she became noted for her coarse language, practical jokes, lavish parties and her genuine concern for all people, down to the lowliest crew members. She was returning from a War bond drive in her home state of Indiana, when her plane crashed outside of Las Vegas in 1942, killing her and her mother and 20 other passengers.

Significant features of Carole Lombard

Sparkling blue eyes

How much money has Carole Lombard earned?

Marriage in Transit (1925) $75 /week
Hearts and Spurs (1925) $25 /week
The Swim Princess (1928) $400 /week
Matchmaking Mamma (1929) $400 /week
Fast and Loose (1930) $350 /week
No Man of...

Publications and Magazines about Carole Lombard

Warren G. Harris Gable and Lombard. 1974
W. Matzen Carole Lombard: A Bio-Bibliography. 1988
Larry Swindell Screwball: The Life of Carole Lombard. 1975
Wes D. Gehring Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado. 2003
Frederick W. Ott The Films of Carole Lombard. 1973
Leonard Maltin Carole Lombard. 1976
Barbara Washburn Chasing Carole. 2008
James Robert Parish The Paramount Pretties. 1972
Joe Morella & Edward Z. Epstein Gable & Lombard & Powell & Harlow. 1975
Michael B. Druxman Lombard: A One-Woman Play. 2011
Robert Matzen Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3. 2013
Robert D. Matzen Caole Lombard: A Bio-Biography. 1988
Charles River Editors American Legend: The Life of Carole Lombard. 2013
Charles River Editors Clark Gable & Carole Lombard: The Golden Era of Hollywood's Star-Crossed Couple. 2013

Biographical movies about Carole Lombard

Gable and Lombard 1976
Biography: "Carole Lombard: Hollywood's Profane Angel" 2001

What movies did Carole Lombard play or participate?

Actors Filmography
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, In Name Only (1939) Julie Eden, Made for Each Other (1939) Jane Mason, Fools for Scandal (1938) Kay Winters, True Confession (1937) Helen Bartlett, Nothing Sacred (1937) Hazel Flagg, Swing High, Swing Low (1937) Maggie King, My Man Godfrey (1936) Irene Bullock, The Princess Comes Across (1936) Princess Olga, Love Before Breakfast (1936) Kay Colby, Hands Across the Table (1935) Regi Allen, Rumba...

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Carole Lombard and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers in My Best Girl (1927)

During World War II, after her death, a Liberty ship was named after her.

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A 1926 automobile 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.

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Carole Lombard, Arthur Hohl, Monroe Owsley, and Gene Raymond in Brief Moment (1933)

Linked romantically to crooner Russ Columbo until his accidental death late in 1934.

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Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond in Brief Moment (1933)

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.

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Carole Lombard, Donald Cook, Florence Britton, Theresa Maxwell Conover, Reginald Mason, etc.

Following her untimely death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust.

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Carole Lombard, Monroe Owsley, and Gene Raymond in Brief Moment (1933)

Both of her marriages were childless.

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Carole Lombard and Mary Gordon in Brief Moment (1933)

Cousin-in-law of Mary Astor, Athole Shearer, Bessie Love, Dee Hartford and Eden Hartford.

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Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond in Brief Moment (1933)

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.

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Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond in Brief Moment (1933)

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?".

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6930 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, etc.

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.

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Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

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.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She was offered the lead role in a proposed melodrama, "Smiler with a Knife", to be directed by a newcomer at RKO Radio Pictures named Orson Welles. She turned down the role, opting to return to screwball comedy in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941). Welles refused to make Smiler without her; instead, he began work on Citizen Kane (1941).

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Considered by many to be the prototype for the icy blondes in Alfred Hitchcock's films.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

The plane crash that killed her took place less than a month before the Oscars. Despite her mother's 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 Lana Turner who were filming Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) at the time. The decision to take the plane was decided literally by the flip of a coin, with Carole winning the toss.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Was a second-generation Bahá'í who formally declared her membership to the Bahá'í Faith in 1938.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

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).

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Attended Virgil Junior High School on Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles, California in the early 1920s. The school currently exists as Virgil Middle School on Vermont Avenue, one block from the original school.

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Carole Lombard and Ralph Forbes in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Part of her honeymoon with Clark Gable was at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs, California. The Inn continues to operate and anyone can stay in the same room, called "The Library Suite". The room remains largely unaltered since the Gables stayed there more than 60 years ago.

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Carole Lombard and Ralph Forbes in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Carol Lynley (born as Carole Jones a month after the actress' death) was named after Lombard.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She was of English and German heritage.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She had a little dachshund named Commissioner that ignored Clark Gable completely. After her death in 1942, the dog would not leave his side.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Just before her relationship with Clark Gable began in earnest, Carole read and loved the book "Gone With the Wind". Excited, she sent a copy of the book to Gable, with a note attached reading "Let's do it!". Gable wrongly assumed she was making a sexual advance to him, and called Carole to organize a date. When he found out Carole wanted to make a film of the book with him as Rhett Butler and herself as Scarlett, he refused, and kept the copy of the book she had given him thereafter in his toilet.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Attended and graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California in 1927. Was elected "May Queen" in 1924. Quit soon thereafter to pursue acting full time.

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Carole Lombard and Dale Fuller in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She was often doubled by her old school friend, Dixie Pantages. Dixie had an even more unusual background than Carole herself did: she was born in extreme poverty, but when her mother died, she was adopted by the wealthy Pantages family so that their own daughter, a childhood playmate of Dixie's, could have a sister. When that happened, her name changed legally from Dixie Nelson to Dixie Pantages as a result of the adoption becoming legal.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Twice turned down opportunities to play a newspaperwoman, in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and His Girl Friday (1940). The roles brought their respective actresses (Jean Arthur and Rosalind Russell) considerable attention.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

According to Garson Kanin, she never had a dressing room when shooting a movie. Instead, she preferred to socialize with the cast and crew members during her breaks.

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Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

After her death, the Van Nuys News ran an unusual front page tribute: "Down deep in their hearts, those who had chatted with her over the back fence or across a garden row knew that Carole Lombard wanted more than anything else to be a model housewife and a good neighbor. And she was just that. She was a loveable person, just as much at home in blue denims and ginghams as she was in furs and jewels.".

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John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Mary Jo Mathews, etc.

She was good friends with Gloria Swanson.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

She and Clark Gable first met in late 1924 while working as extras on the set of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). They would make three films together as extras--Ben-Hur, The Johnstown Flood (1926) and The Plastic Age (1925)--and star together in No Man of Her Own (1932), but not become romantically attached until 1936.

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John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Napoleon vom Broadway (1934)

Turned down the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934). Claudette Colbert was then given the role and won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

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Carole Lombard and Charles Starrett in Fast and Loose (1930)

Profiled in the book "Funny Ladies: 100 Years of Great Comediennes" by Stephen M. Silverman (1999).

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Carole Lombard, Joyce Compton, and Norman Foster in Up Pops the Devil (1931)

One of her classmates at drama school was Sally Eilers.

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Carole Lombard and Lyle Talbot in No More Orchids (1932)

She did a screen test for Charles Chaplin's comedy-drama film The Gold Rush (1925).

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Carole Lombard, Louise Closser Hale, and Lyle Talbot in No More Orchids (1932)

Lombard shared her first screen kiss with Buck Jones in Durand of the Bad Lands (1925).

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own (1932)

She once raised over $2 million in war bonds in one day.

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Carole Lombard and Dorothy Mackaill in No Man of Her Own (1932)

According to Penny Stallings' "Flesh and Fantasy", Lombard drew a shadow along her natural cleavage line and lightened the top of her breasts to make them look larger.

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Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, and Dorothy Mackaill in No Man of Her Own (1932)

Became pregnant by her husband Clark Gable, but suffered a miscarriage in August 1939.

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own (1932)

Was portrayed by Jill Clayburgh in Gable and Lombard (1976), by Sharon Gless in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980), by Denise Crosby in Malice in Wonderland (1985), by Anastasia Hille in RKO 281 (1999), and by Vanessa Gray in Lucy (2003).

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Carole Lombard and Norman Foster in Up Pops the Devil (1931)

Due to deadlines for syndicated columns, "On the Sets with Reed Johnston" reported on 20 January 1942 that Lombard and Mickey Rooney would be making appearances at Defense Bond and War Fund rallies - four days after her death in an airliner crash. (The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Tuesday 20 January 1942, Volume 48, page 6.).

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