Carole Lombard
Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Birthday:October 6, 1908
5' 2"
  • During World War II, after her death, a Liberty ship was named after her.
  • A 1926 auto 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.
  • Linked romantically to crooner Russ Columbo until his accidental death late in 1934.
  • 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.
  • Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust, on the left hand side, next to Clark Gable.
  • Second cousin of director Howard Hawks.
  • Second cousin of Kenneth Hawks.
  • Both of her marriages were childless.
  • Cousin-in-law of Mary Astor.
  • Cousin-in-law of Athole Shearer.
  • Cousin-in-law of Dee Hartford.
  • 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.
  • She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty in WWII. Roosevelt greatly admired her work for the war effort, and ironically she was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.
  • Cousin of William B. Hawks, cousin-in-law of Bessie Love.
  • Measurements: 34 1/2B-24 1/2-34 (MGM costumer Adrian's book), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Wore size 4 1/2B shoe.
  • 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?"
  • Was called the "Queen of Screwball Comedy".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • She was offered the lead role in a melodrama, "Smiler with a Knife," to be directed by a newcomer at RKO named Orson Welles. She turned it down, opting to return to screwball comedy in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1942). Welles refused to make Smiler without her; instead, he began work on Citizen Kane (1941).
  • Considered by many to be the prototype for the icy blondes in Alfred Hitchcock's films.
  • The plane crash that killed her took place less then a month before the Oscars. Despite her mothers 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 Joan Crawford.
  • Interred next to Clark Gable at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
  • Was named #23 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends
  • Is portrayed by Anastasia Hille in RKO 281 (1999) (TV), by Jill Clayburgh in Gable and Lombard (1976), by Denise Crosby in Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV), by Vanessa Gray in Lucy (2003) (TV) and by Sharon Gless in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) (TV)
  • The decision to take the plane which eventually killed Carole and her mother was decided literary on the flip of a coin, with Carole winning the toss. The plane they took was a military convoy which made many stops in order to pick up troops. After the first stop, an officer requested Carole, her mother and publicist to get off the plane to make room for more troops. Carole reportedly argued with him, stating the fact she had raised more than half a million dollars in war bonds and had the right to stay on. The officer finally conceded, and shortly after, the plane crashed.
  • Is a second-generation Bahá'í who formally declared her membership to the Bahá'í Faith in 1938.
  • 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).
  • Attended Virgil Junior High School on Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles in the early 1920s. The school exists as Virgil Middle School on Vermont Avenue, one block from the original school today.
  • Part of her honeymoon with Clark Gable was at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs. The Inn continues to operate to this day and anyone can stay in the same room, called "The Library Suite" today. The room remains largely unaltered since the Gables stayed there more than 60 years ago.
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