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Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters, October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. 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 the third wife of actor Clark Gable.

Lombard 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 supercouple 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 airplane 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters, October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. 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 the third wife of actor Clark Gable.

Lombard 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 supercouple 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 airplane 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 67

Birthday 1908-10-06

Day of Death 1942-01-16

Place of Birth Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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Also Known As

  • Кэрол Ломбард
  • Carol Lombard
  • Jane Peters

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 William Powell: A True Gentleman
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1943 Show-Business at War as Herself (archive footage)
1942 To Be or Not to Be as Maria Tura
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Ann
1940 They Knew What They Wanted as Amy Peters
1940 Vigil in the Night as Anne Lee
1939 In Name Only as Julie Eden
1939 Made for Each Other as Jane Mason
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town
1938 Fools for Scandal as Kay Winters
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Herself
1937 True Confession as Helen Bartlett
1937 Nothing Sacred as Hazel Flagg
1937 Swing High, Swing Low as Maggie King
1936 My Man Godfrey as Irene Bullock
1936 The Princess Comes Across as Princess Olga / Wanda Nash
1936 Love Before Breakfast as Kay Colby
1935 The Fashion Side of Hollywood
1935 Hands Across the Table as Regi Allen
1935 Rumba as Diana Harrison
1934 The Gay Bride as Mary Magiz
1934 Lady by Choice as Alabam Lee
1934 Now and Forever as Toni Carstairs Day
1934 Twentieth Century as Lily Garland, formerly Mildred Plotka
1934 We're Not Dressing as Doris Worthington
1934 Bolero as Helen Hathaway
1933 White Woman as Judith Denning
1933 Brief Moment as Abby Fane Deane
1933 Supernatural as Roma Courtney
1933 The Eagle and the Hawk as The Beautiful Lady
1933 From Hell to Heaven as Colly Tanner
1932 No Man of Her Own as Connie Randall
1932 No More Orchids as Annie Holt
1932 Virtue as Mae
1932 Sinners in the Sun as Doris Blake
1932 No One Man as Penelope 'Nep' Newbold
1931 I Take This Woman as Kay Dowling
1931 Up Pops the Devil as Anne Merrick
1931 Ladies' Man as Rachel Fendley
1931 Man of the World as Mary Kendall
1931 It Pays to Advertise as Mary Grayson
1930 Fast and Loose as Alice O'Neil
1930 Safety in Numbers as Pauline
1930 The Arizona Kid as Virginia Hoyt
1929 The Racketeer as Rhoda Philbrooke
1929 Big News as Margaret Banks
1929 High Voltage as Billie
1929 Matchmaking Mamma as Phyllis (as Carol Lombard)
1928 The Campus Vamp as Carole (as Carol Lombard)
1928 Show Folks
1928 Power as Another Dame (as Carol Lombard)
1928 The Campus Carmen as Carole
1928 His Unlucky Night as Peggy - Telephone Operator
1928 Smith's Army Life as Clarence's Wife
1928 Run, Girl, Run as Norma Nurmi
1927 My Best Girl as Flirty Blonde Salesgirl (uncredited)
1927 Smith's Pony as Lillian Saunders
1927 The Fighting Eagle as (unconfirmed)
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ as Slave Girl (uncredited)
1925 Durand of the Bad Lands as Ellen Boyd
1925 Pretty Ladies as Showgirl

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