Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Carole Lombard






I just recently really discovered Carole Lombard, I don't know what took me so long! So, several weeks ago I found myself watching Nothing Sacred from 1937. Immediately I found myself drawn to the peppy, wonderfully silly little blonde, Carole of course. She was so full of energy and so gosh darn cute! I started to watch all the movies she was in that I could. How could I have not realized she was in My Man Godfrey!? Anyway, while watching one of her many films my Mom brought to my attention that Carole was the one true love of none other than Clark Gable. I'm not going to lie, Clark Gable is one of my top five favorite men! So, the sucker that I am for love stories I looked up all I could about Carole and Clarks. Its now become one of my obsessions. Theirs has to be one of the most romantic and tragic. They had to hide their love from the movie studio for years! Then finally they were married and lived quite happily for just a few years until Carole and her Mother were killed in a plane crash in 1942. So sad! Carole has now become one of my favorite actresses of all time. If you haven't watched Carole yet, you really must! I have a feeling you'll adore her too!

27 comments:

Sally said...

Great post! I love those pictures - she was so lovely! I don't think I knew about her and Clark Gable. If you're a sucker for love stories, I highly recommend the TCM guide to Hollywood's Leading Couples - there are some great love stories in there.

Rosie said...

Wow she is stunning! I love the picture with her on the bomber plane.

Robin said...

Gosh, I love the picture of her looking into the garden ball? Car? looking glass? I just watched My Man Godfrey and now must netflix more of her films. What an amazing story!!!

Jitterbugdoll said...

I adore her; she died much to soon.

I believe she married Clark in Kingman, AZ, after the studios cracked down on the indiscretions their stars were taking part in!

Emily said...

I'm glad you discovered her!! She was truly one of the queens of screwball comedies. :)

Dalena Vintage said...

I actually haven't seen too many of her films outside of Mr. and Mrs. Smith...The original of course! I'm loving those sailor shorts she's got on in the second photos.

Dizzy Dame said...

shes one of the most beautiful women ever.

MrJeffery said...

she's amazing. gorgeous pics!

BaronessVonVintage said...

she was gorgeous! such a tragic death. I believe she was also married to none other than William Powell, "Nick Charles"! And of course, Powell was in a serious relationship with Jean Harlow (two of his loves dying before their time....even sadder). Great pics!

Poke Salad Annie said...

she was a vision to behold. such beautiful photos!

sarah said...

She was such a great actress! I have always loved her in My Man Godfrey (one of my favourites).

anne said...

so sad isn't it! i too have loved clark gable since i was a little. he is so handsome in gone with the wind, what girl couldn't adore him?! I also love him in it happened one night.

~ Maranda @ {Evoke Images} ~ said...

Such a lovely classic beauty... Timeless!

Alisha Lauren said...

she truely is sensational!

Maria Confer said...

She is so completely stunning! I adored her in My Man Godfrey. Wasn't she also married to William Powell. He's my favorite old actor.

MissKellie said...

She's so beautiful! :) Thanks for posting these, she's wonderfully inspiring!

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emma wallace said...

So gorgeous! I think my favorite of her films is "Mr and Mrs Smith." She is so hilarious and lovely the whole time. I always find comediennes to be more interesting than the dramatic types.

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fashionforwriters said...

I love these photos--I especially like Carole Lombard when she's on a boat, holding a rope and wearing the sassiest high waisted sailor shorts! Thank you for posting these photos!

casey said...

For being such a big classic movies fan, I haven't watched a ton of Carole Lombard's movies! (Shame!) I think mostly because I always seem to catch them halfway through... rofl. I love all these photos of her; she was so stylish and striking!

♥ Casey
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Ally Moschini said...

isnt she amazing,gorgeous pics :)

angie.a said...

One of my favorites too. Such a sad story, I've always loved that they called each other "Ma" and "Pa".

callmefreckles said...

Hello! This is the first time I've commented on your blog even though I've been reading it for quite some time. I think your fashion is lovely and so is your haircut (we have the same)!

I nominated you for a beautiful blogger award, which you can ignore accordingly with no offense to me!

reckless daughter said...

gosh, these photos are incredible! why have I not given miss L my full attention before??

I know what I'll be watching this weekend! ;)

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

She is so gorgeous (and My Man Godfrey=amazing film). All my favorite film stars seemed to have lived such tragic lives; like Jean Harlow.

Felicia_Ceballos said...

sigh I love Clark too

VP81955 said...

I'm delighted you like Carole Lombard. Not only was she a talented actress and an attractive woman, but she was beautiful on the inside, too. People from all rannks of the industry adored her.

I cordially invite you to visit my blog dedicated to her in particular and classic Hollywood in general. It's called "Carole & Co.", hand has been up for more than 2 1/2 years with more than 1,000 entries, most focusing on Lombard's life and times and people she knew and worked with. Find it at http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/

paul said...

I had the same experience -- I remember reading about her tragic death in a plane crash while reading a Life Magazine book on the history of WWII, but I never really focused then. Less then two months ago, when I was looking for scenes of occupied Warsaw, I can across "To Be or Not to Be," and a whole world opened up. It is fascinating that both women and men adore her. Her untimely end makers her all the more a precious commodity (just check EBay for CL memorabilia); sadly, one must note that the actors who played opposite her or the photographers who so memorialized her survived her by 40-60 years.
My favorite photo of her is one of the studio shots done New Year's Eve 1942 showing her in costume and with her hair bedecked in flowers from her last movie. It's like she was already entering the world of the sublime.

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