It's the last night of Carole Lombard week #2. So...I'm going to talk a little bit more about Carole, I guess!
“Before I say goodbye to you all, come on, join me in a big cheer, V for Victory,”
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After she died, Jack Benny (who starred with her in her last picture) canceled his radio program out of grief and respect for Carole. As the first woman to die in the line of duty during WWII, FDR gave her the Medal of Freedom. Joan Crawford, who starred in They All Kissed the Bride in place of Carole, donated her whole salary to the Red Cross. And Lombard got a Liberty Ship named after her, the "S.S. Carole Lombard".
Clark Gable [her husband] was devastated when she died. Lucy Ball wrote of that time, in her autobiography, saying, "During the next few months [after her death], we saw Clark tearing around the valley on a motorcycle at top speed. I used to suspect that he was subconsciously trying to kill himself. Clark would come to a screeching stop at our doorstep and come in to talk about Carole by the hour. Sometimes he would bring one of her films over in the evening and we would watch her for a couple of hours. I could never tell whether Clark was deliberately torturing himself, or whether the sight and sound of Carole, so vital and lovely, helped erase at least momentarily the pain of losing her."
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I will test your patience and repeat myself by saying that I have such a great respect for Carole now. Not only as a brilliant actress (the queen of screwball, hello!), but just as a person. I mean, she died while serving our country, that's enough to garner my respect in an instant!
Another one of the reasons I love Lombard is the fact that she was so honest. So unique. So down-to-earth. And so alive!
"I can’t imagine a duller fate than being the best dressed woman in reality. When I want to do something I don’t pause to contemplate whether I’m exquisitely gowned.
I want to live, not pose!"
|See the sign? Yes, she was that cool.|
Beautiful, died-too-young, funny, real - Carole, whom I love and respect oh-so-much.
RIP Jane Alice Peters (Oct. 6, 1908 - Jan. 16 1942)
Until Later On~
P.S. I meant "Goodbye, Carole" as in "Goodbye, for now". You poor, unsuspecting readers are going to hear a lot more about her in the future. For one thing I'm dying to post a boat-load of gorgeous pictures, and she's just awesome in general. Goodnight!