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In 1925 she was signed as a contract player with 20th Century Fox. She also worked for Mack Sennett and Pathй Pictures. She became a well known actress and managed to make a smooth transition to sound films, starting with High Voltage (1929). In 1930 she began working for Paramount Pictures.
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Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 — January 16, 1942) was an American actress. She was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She made her film debut at the age of twelve when she was spotted playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan, who cast her as a tom-boy in A Perfect Crime (1921). In the 1920s she worked in several low-budget productions. In some of her early movies she was credited as Jane Peters, and then as Carol Lombard.
In October 1930 she met William Powell and then eight months later they were married on June 26, 1931. Carole age 23 and William age 39 were married for 23 months but divorced in 1933. They stayed friends and film partners.
Carole Lombard became one of Hollywood's top comedy actresses in the 1930s. In comedies like Twentieth Century (1934) by Howard Hawks, My Man Godfrey (1936) by Gregory La Cava, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination, and Nothing Sacred (1937) by William A. Wellman, she proved a marvellous comedic talent, and a rare class.
In the mid-1930s Carole Lombard started an affair with Clark Gable. Between the two actors there was a sincere and passionate sentiment. After their marriage in 1939, they bought and lived in a ranch in San Fernando Valley, California. They nicknamed each other Ma and Pa and were role modeled as the ideal marriage.
When at the end of 1941 the US entered World War II, Carole went home to Indiana for a war bond rally. At four o'clock in the morning of Friday, January 16, 1942, Lombard, 33 years old, and her mother boarded the plane home to California. After refueling in Las Vegas, the plane took off on a clear night, and twenty-three minutes later crashed into a mountainside 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas.
All of the 23 passengers aboard were killed. Just before boarding the plane in Indiana, Carole had addressed her fans, saying, "Before I say goodbye to you all, come on and join me in a big cheer! V for Victory!" President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who admired her patriotism, declared her the first woman killed in the line of duty during the war and posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Liberty ship SS Lombard was named for her, and Gable attended its launch on January 15, 1944.
Her final film, To Be or Not to Be, directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-starring Jack Benny — a witty satire about the Nazism and the World War II — was in post-production at the time of her death.
In this movie she gave what many regard as her best perfomance, at the same time ironic and intense. The film's producers wisely decided to cut part of the film in which her character asks, "What can happen in a plane?"
She is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Although Gable remarried, he was buried next to her when he died in 1960.
"Carol Lombard" (as she was then known), in the 1920s.
A Perfect Crime (1921)
Gold Heels (1924)
Dick Turpin (1925)
Marriage in Transit (1925)
Gold and the Girl (1925)
Hearts and Spurs (1925)
Durand of the Badlands (1925)
The Plastic Age (1925)
The Road to Glory (1926)
The Johnstown Flood (1926)
The Fighting Eagle (1927) (unconfirmed role)
Smith's Pony (1927) (short subject)
Gold Digger of Weepah (1927) (short subject)
My Best Girl (1927)
The Girl from Everywhere (1927) (short subject)
The Beach Club (1928) (short subject)
Run, Girl, Run (1928) (short subject)
Smith's Army Life (1928) (short subject)
The Best Man (1928) (short subject)
The Swim Princess (1928) (short subject)
The Bicycle Flirt (1928) (short subject)
Smith's Restaurant (1928) (short subject)
The Divine Sinner (1928)
The Girl from Nowhere (1928) (short subject)
His Unlucky Night (1928) (short subject)
The Campus Vamp (1928) (short subject)
Motorboat Mamas (1928) (short subject)
Me, Gangster (1928)
Show Folks (1928)
Hubby's Weekend Trip (1928) (short subject)
The Campus Carmen (1928) (short subject)
Ned McCobb's Daughter (1928)
Matchmaking Mamas (1929) (short subject)
Don't Get Jealous (1929) (short subject)
High Voltage (1929)
Big News (1929)
The Racketeer (1929)
Dynamite (1929) (unconfirmed role)
The Arizona Kid (1930)
Safety in Numbers (1930)
Fast and Loose (1930)
It Pays to Advertise (1931)
Man of the World (1931)
Ladies' Man (1931)
Up Pops the Devil (1931)
I Take This Woman (1931)
No One Man (1932)
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
No More Orchids (1932)
No Man of Her Own (1932)
Hollywood on Parade No. 11 (1933) (short subject)
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
Brief Moment (1933)
White Woman (1933)
We're Not Dressing (1934)
Twentieth Century (1934)
Now and Forever (1934)
Lady by Choice (1934)
The Gay Bride (1934)
The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935) (short subject)
Hands Across the Table (1935)
Love Before Breakfast (1936)
The Princess Comes Across (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
True Confession (1937)
Fools for Scandal (1938)
Hollywood Goes to Town (1938) (short subject)
Screen Snapshots: Stars on Horseback (1939) (short subject)
Made for Each Other (1939)
In Name Only (1939)
Vigil in the Night (1940)
They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Picture People: Hollywood at Home (1942) (short subject)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Carol Lombard was a second generation Baha'i who formally declared her membership of the Baha'i Faith in 1938.1
The Baha'i World 1940-1944 pp.635. Baha'i Publishing Trust, Wilmette
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