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Synopsis: *Includes pictures.
*Includes Lombard's quotes about her life and career.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
“Carole Lombard's tragic death means that something of gaiety and beauty have been taken from the world at a time they are needed most.“ – Errol Flynn
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
On January 16, 1942, just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, the nation suffered what were considered the first civilian deaths of the war when a plane crashed into the side of a mountain southwest of Las Vegas. Aboard the plane were 15 servicemen, but the plane was also carrying one of Hollywood’s biggest stars: actress Carole Lombard.
Although Lombard’s death and her marriage to Gone With the Wind star Clark Gable have overshadowed her career, her untimely death in 1942 cut short the life of one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars at the time. In fact, Lombard’s platinum look and her unique mannerisms had helped her become the biggest star of the screwball genre by the end of the 1930s, and her movies were so successful that she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood by the start of the 1940s. As English critic Graham Greene said of her, "Platinum blonde, with a heart-shaped face, delicate, impish features and a figure made to be swathed in silver lamé, Lombard wriggled expressively through such classics of hysteria as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey." Indeed, despite dying at the age of 33, the American Film Institute recognized her as one of the biggest film icons of the 20th century.
Lombard has been memorialized in many fitting ways as an actress, but one of her biggest contributions to Hollywood was the blond archetype that the film industry used successfully for decades in screwball comedies, paving the way for the success of women like Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of that fact is that it was actually based on Carole’s gushing personality. As famous director Howard Hawks noted of her, "She acted like a schoolgirl ... and she was stiff, she would try and imagine a character and then act according to her imaginings instead of being herself." When Lombard started simply portraying herself, Hawks told actor John Barrymore, “[Y] ou've just seen a girl that's probably going to be big a star, and if we can just keep her from acting, we'll have a hell of a picture.”
American Legends: The Life of Carole Lombard examines the life and career of one of the Golden Era of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Carole Lombard like never before, in no time at all.
Title: American Legends: The Life of Carole Lombard
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 32 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.08 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1494379147
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 1494379147