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Filmography

1921      

A Perfect Crime

 

1924      

Gold Heels

 

1925      

Dick Turpin

Gold and the Girl

Marriage in Transit

Hearts and Spurs

Durand of the Bad Lands

 

1926      

The Road to Glory

 

1927      

My Best Girl

 

1928      

The Divine Sinner

Power

Me, Gangster

Show Folks

Ned McCobb’s Daughter

 

1929      

High Voltage

Big News

The Racketeer

 

1930      

The Arizona Kid

Safety in Numbers

Fast and Loose

 

1931      

It Pays to Advertise

Man of the World

Ladies’ Man

Up Pops the Devil

I Take This Woman

 

1932      

No One Man

Sinners in the Sun

Virtue

No More Orchids

No Man of Her Own

 

1933      

From Hell to Heaven

Supernatural

The Eagle and the Hawk

Brief Moment

White Woman

 

1934      

Bolero

We’re Not Dressing

Twentieth Century

Now and Forever

Lady by Choice

The Gay Bride

 

1935      

Rumba

Hands Across the Table

 

1936      

Love Before Breakfast

The Princess Comes Across

My Man Godfrey

 

1937      

Swing High, Swing Low

Nothing Sacred

True Confession

 

1938      

Fools for Scandal

 

1939      

Made for Each Other

In Name Only

 

1940      

Vigil in the Night

They Knew What They Wanted

 

1941      

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

 

1942      

To Be or Not to Be

Awards

Carole Lombard was nominated for one Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for My Man Godfrey (1936).

I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick. ~ Carole Lombard

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Actress, Biographies

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters, October 6, 1908. 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 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 super-couple 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 aircraft 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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