Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pinup Girl of the Month: December: Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard was an American Actress who took Hollywood by storm in the 1930's. She is mostly known for acting in "screwball" comedies and for her marriage to Clark Gable.

She was born as Jane Alice Peters in 1908 to parent of German and English descent. She made her film debut at age twelve in a film called "A Perfect Crime" in 1921. It wasn't until 1934 that her film career truly took off when she starred in Twentieth Century with John Barrymore (Drew Barrymore's Grandfather).

"Twentieth Century"  (1934)

She had an incredible career that was growing as each year passed. Lombard was married briefly to William Powell in 1930 but divorced in 1933. They were able to remain very good friends and even starred in one of Lombard's famous films called My Man Godfrey in 1936. She was very well liked and people seemed to be drawn to her sense of humor as well as being down-to-earth. I must commend a woman who is able to remain friends with her ex-spouse-that takes a great deal of maturity and love.

Carole Lombard was stunning don't you agree?

In 1936, she met and began a love affair with the then married Clark Gable. After he was granted a divorce from his then wife, he married Lombard during a film break of "Gone with the Wind". They sweetly referred to one another as "Ma" and "Pa" and living  quietly together on their ranch. There is an amazing site dedicated to Clark Gable called Dear Mr. Gable. It is a good read especially the story behind how they met and how he courted her.
They really were a romance made in heaven.

Lombard and Gable were married til her untimely and incredible tragic death in 1942. She was on board a plane with her mother and a family friend were they traveled to Indiana to sell war bonds in support of the war. The plane went down when they were returning to California in Las Vegas. Lombard was only thirty-three years old. Gable was said to have never been the same after her death.

Some Hollywood stars were gone too soon and Carole Lombard was one of them. One cannot help but wonder how many more enjoyable films she could have created if her life didn't end so soon.


1 comment:

  1. i LOVE carole lombard! i did a pictorial post about her a while back with some supercute pictures of her with her pets :)


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