Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Happy Birthday, Carole Lombard!

Indiana native Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne on October 6, 1908.  After her parents divorced, Lombard moved to Los Angeles, California.  Regarded as one of the best comediennes in film, Lombard starred in screwball comedies My Man Godfrey (1936) and Nothing Sacred (1937), but was also respected for her dramatic work in Made for Each Other (1939) and Vigil in the Night (1940).  Off the set, Lombard was known for her high-profile marriage to the "King of Hollywood" Clark Gable.

In 1942, Lombard traveled to Indiana to support the war effort by selling bonds. Returning back to California, Lombard's plane crashed and all passengers aboard perished. Lombard was only 33 years old at the time of her death.

For more information on Lombard's life, check out Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado or Gable and Lombard.

Want to watch a Carole Lombard film? CDPL has DVDs  and videotapes.

Did you know that Carole Lombard has a Crawfordsville connection?
In 1932, Lombard starred in No Man of Her Own with future husband Clark Gable.  The screenwriter of that particular film was Crawfordsville's own Maurine Dallas Watkins!

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