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Carole Lombard

The highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. She is know for her roles in My Man Godfrey and Hitchcock’s Mr and Mrs Smith.



A Perfect Crime



Gold Heels



Dick Turpin

Gold and the Girl

Marriage in Transit

Hearts and Spurs

Durand of the Bad Lands



The Road to Glory



My Best Girl



The Divine Sinner


Me, Gangster

Show Folks

Ned McCobb’s Daughter



High Voltage

Big News

The Racketeer



The Arizona Kid

Safety in Numbers

Fast and Loose



It Pays to Advertise

Man of the World

Ladies’ Man

Up Pops the Devil

I Take This Woman



No One Man

Sinners in the Sun


No More Orchids

No Man of Her Own



From Hell to Heaven


The Eagle and the Hawk

Brief Moment

White Woman




We’re Not Dressing

Twentieth Century

Now and Forever

Lady by Choice

The Gay Bride




Hands Across the Table



Love Before Breakfast

The Princess Comes Across

My Man Godfrey



Swing High, Swing Low

Nothing Sacred

True Confession



Fools for Scandal



Made for Each Other

In Name Only



Vigil in the Night

They Knew What They Wanted



Mr. & Mrs. Smith



To Be or Not to Be


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

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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