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Carole Lombard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters, October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. She was the third wife of actor Clark Gable. Lombard was born into a wealthy family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but was raised in Los Angeles by her single mother. At 12, she was recruited by the film director Allan Dwan and made her screen debut in A Perfect Crime (1921). Eager to become an actress, she signed a contract with the Fox Film Corporation at age 16, but mainly played bit parts. She was dropped by Fox after a car accident left a scar on her face. Lombard appeared in 15 short comedies for Mack Sennett between 1927 and 1929, and then began appearing in feature films such as High Voltage and The Racketeer. After a successful appearance in The Arizona Kid (1930), she was signed to a contract with Paramount Pictures. Paramount quickly began casting Lombard as a leading lady, primarily in drama films. Her profile increased when she married William Powell in 1931, but the couple divorced after two years. A turning point in Lombard's career came when she starred in Howard Hawks' pioneering screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934). The actress found her niche in this genre, and continued to appear in films such as Hands Across the Table (1935) (forming a popular partnership with Fred MacMurray), My Man Godfrey (1936), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Nothing Sacred (1937). At this time, Lombard married "the King of Hollywood", Clark Gable, and the supercouple gained much attention from the media. Keen to win an Oscar, at the end of the decade, Lombard began to move towards more serious roles. Unsuccessful in this aim, she returned to comedy in Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (1942)—her final film role. Lombard's career was cut short when she died at the age of 33 in an airplane crash on Mount Potosi, Nevada while returning from a war bond tour. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actresses of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy, and ranks among the American Film Institute's greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.


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Born:
Oct 6, 1908 In Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
81
First Appeared:
In the movie Dick Turpin 1925-02-01
Latest Project:
movie Ashes 2013-10-28
Known For
Filmography
Movie Ashes Colly Tanner 2013-10-28
Movie William Powell: A True Gentleman 2005-08-02
Series ShakespeaRe-Told Irene Bullock 2005-11-07
Movie Viva Erotica Judith Denning 1996-11-28
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Der Rest, der bleibt Rachel Fendley 1991-02-26
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie The Love Goddesses 1965-03-03
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie The Golden Age of Comedy 1957-12-26
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Show-Business at War Herself (archive footage) 1943-05-21
Movie To Be or Not to Be Maria Tura 1942-03-05
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Ann 1941-01-30
Movie Vigil in the Night Anne Lee 1940-02-05
Movie They Knew What They Wanted Amy Peters 1940-10-19
Movie Made for Each Other Jane Mason 1939-02-10
Movie In Name Only Julie Eden 1939-08-18
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Herself 1938-02-07
Movie Fools for Scandal Kay Winters 1938-04-16
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town 1938-07-07
Movie Swing High, Swing Low Maggie King 1937-03-12
Movie Nothing Sacred Hazel Flagg 1937-11-25
Movie True Confession Helen Bartlett 1937-12-24
Movie Love Before Breakfast Kay Colby 1936-03-09
Movie The Princess Comes Across Princess Olga / Wanda Nash 1936-05-22
Movie Rumba Diana Harrison 1935-02-08
Movie Hands Across the Table Regi Allen 1935-10-18
Movie The Fashion Side of Hollywood 1935-11-04
Movie We're Not Dressing Doris Worthington 1934-04-27
Movie Bolero Helen Hathaway 1934-02-23
Movie Twentieth Century Lily Garland, formerly Mildred Plotka 1934-05-11
Movie Now and Forever Toni Carstairs Day 1934-08-31
Movie The Gay Bride Mary Magiz 1934-12-14
Movie Lady by Choice Alabam Lee 1934-10-15
Movie The Eagle and the Hawk The Beautiful Lady 1933-05-06
Movie From Hell to Heaven Colly Tanner 1933-02-24
Movie Brief Moment Abby Fane Deane 1933-09-29
Movie Supernatural Roma Courtney 1933-05-12
Movie White Woman Judith Denning 1933-11-10
Movie No One Man Penelope 'Nep' Newbold 1932-01-22
Movie Sinners in the Sun Doris Blake 1932-05-13
Movie Virtue Mae 1932-10-25
Movie No Man of Her Own Connie Randall 1932-12-30
Movie No More Orchids Annie Holt 1932-11-25
Movie Man of the World Mary Kendall 1931-03-28
Movie Ladies' Man Rachel Fendley 1931-05-09
Movie It Pays to Advertise Mary Grayson 1931-02-18
Movie Up Pops the Devil Anne Merrick 1931-05-19
Movie I Take This Woman Kay Dowling 1931-06-26
Movie The Arizona Kid Virginia Hoyt 1930-04-27
Movie Safety in Numbers Pauline 1930-05-30
Movie Fast and Loose Alice O'Neil 1930-11-08
Movie Matchmaking Mamma Phyllis (as Carol Lombard) 1929-03-30
Movie High Voltage Billie ("Phyllis") 1929-06-29
Movie Big News Margaret Banks 1929-09-06
Movie The Racketeer Rhoda Philbrooke 1929-11-09
Movie The Best Man Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1928-02-08
Movie Smith's Army Life Clarence's Wife 1928-02-06
Movie Run, Girl, Run Norma Nurmi 1928-01-15
Movie His Unlucky Night Peggy - Telephone Operator 1928-08-12
Movie The Beach Club Rope Jumping Bathing Girl (uncredited) 1928-01-21
Movie The Campus Vamp Carole (as Carol Lombard) 1928-11-25
Movie The Campus Carmen Carole 1928-09-22
Movie Show Folks 1928-10-20
Movie Me, Gangster Unknown 1928-10-20
Movie Power Another Dame (as Carol Lombard) 1928-09-23
Movie Smith's Pony Lillian Saunders 1927-09-17
Movie The Fighting Eagle (unconfirmed) 1927-08-28
Movie My Best Girl Flirty Blonde Salesgirl (uncredited) 1927-10-31
Movie The Road to Glory Bit Part (as Carol Lombard) 1926-02-07
Movie The Johnstown Flood 1926-02-28
Movie Dick Turpin Crowd Extra (uncredited) 1925-02-01
Movie Pretty Ladies Showgirl 1925-08-05
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Slave Girl (uncredited) 1925-12-30
Movie The Plastic Age Co-ed (uncredited) 1925-12-15
Movie Durand of the Bad Lands Ellen Boyd 1925-11-01