Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate Carole Lombard’s birthday.
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West.
While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director, Carole was signed to a one-picture contract in 1921 at the age of twelve years old.
In 1931 she was teamed with actor William Powell in the movie called, “In Man of the World.” She and Powell hit it off and soon married, but the marriage didn’t work out and they divorced in 1933.
Carole opposite Clark Gable in the movie called, “No Man of Her Own,” after starring together in that movie they married seven years later in 1939.
On January 16, 1942, Carole, her mother, and 20 other people were flying back to California when the plane went down outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. All aboard on the plane had perished. The highly acclaimed actress was dead at the age of 33 and few have been able to match her talents since.
Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, (Carol Lombard Archives) is a photographic journey of her early life. As we celebrate Carole Lombard’s birthday today on October 6th, we remember what a great talent she was.
Carole Lombard, who was 5′ 2″ beauty was a comedy hit during the 30s and 40s.
During World War II, after her death, a Liberty ship was named after her.
Both of her marriages were childless.
She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty in World War II. FDR greatly admired her work for the war effort, and ironically she was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.
In 1983, the actor Orson Welles claimed he had been told that Lombard’s plane had actually been shot down by American Nazi sympathizers.
Lucille Ball said she finally decided to go ahead with I Love Lucy (1951) when Carole, who had been a close friend, came to her in a dream and recommended she take a chance on the risky idea of entering television.
The plane crash that killed her took place less than a month before the Oscars. Despite her mother’s premonition of the disaster, she refused to take a train to Los Angeles. She was reputedly in a rush after getting wind of an alleged affair between her husband Clark Gable and Lana Turner who were filming Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942) at the time. The decision to take the plane was decided literally by the flip of a coin, with Carole winning the toss.
Heads or Tails, as we flip today’s coin if you remember Carole Lombard, or not. She was risk taker, and a bit of a Tom Boy, as we remember her birthday today on Day’s to Remember.
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