Biography

In 1935, after high school and a brief marriage in San Bernardino, California, Frances Ridste ran away to San Francisco to work as a nightclub dancer and band singer under the stage name Carole Landis. She got to Hollywood at age 17 in 1936 and got mostly extra work, but in 1937 she landed a contract with Warner Bros. However, Warners gave her mostly bit parts in B pictures and in the chorus of Busby Berkeley pictures for the 15 films she made for them. Her "break" came when Hal Roach cast her as the skin-clad lead in his hit One Million B.C. (1940) and in three fine comedies, then sold her contract to 20th Century-Fox. She played "B" leads and "A" supporting roles in her first 12 Fox films, with a notable dramatic performance in I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Critics dwelled on her fresh-faced beauty, seldom mentioning her acting and comedy potential. Carole wrote a book about her first wartime USO tour, entertaining troops in England and North Africa; in the film version, Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), you can get a glimpse of the kind of talent she really had, and which Fox was wasting. Absent from film work most of that year because of USO tours in the Pacific, Carol returned to Hollywood weakened by amoebic dysentery, malaria, and near-fatal pneumonia only to find the film dismissed as "self-praise". After Having Wonderful Crime (1945)--perhaps her best comedy--and two B pictures, her Fox contract was dropped. Ostracized in Hollywood due to her ardent feminism and rumors about sexual peccadillos, she made her last two films in England. With a stalled career, poor health, failed marriages, financial problems, and the ending of a torrid affair with married Rex Harrison, Carole Landis committed suicide with Seconal in 1948. Intelligent, generous, talented and gorgeous, she was only 29.

In 1935, after high school and a brief marriage in San Bernardino, California, Frances Ridste ran away to San Francisco to work as a nightclub dancer and band singer under the stage name Carole Landis. She got to Hollywood at age 17 in 1936 and got mostly extra work, but in 1937 she landed a contract with Warner Bros. However, Warners gave her mostly bit parts in B pictures and in the chorus of Busby Berkeley pictures for the 15 films she made for them. Her "break" came when Hal Roach cast her as the skin-clad lead in his hit One Million B.C. (1940) and in three fine comedies, then sold her contract to 20th Century-Fox. She played "B" leads and "A" supporting roles in her first 12 Fox films, with a notable dramatic performance in I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Critics dwelled on her fresh-faced beauty, seldom mentioning her acting and comedy potential. Carole wrote a book about her first wartime USO tour, entertaining troops in England and North Africa; in the film version, Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), you can get a glimpse of the kind of talent she really had, and which Fox was wasting. Absent from film work most of that year because of USO tours in the Pacific, Carol returned to Hollywood weakened by amoebic dysentery, malaria, and near-fatal pneumonia only to find the film dismissed as "self-praise". After Having Wonderful Crime (1945)--perhaps her best comedy--and two B pictures, her Fox contract was dropped. Ostracized in Hollywood due to her ardent feminism and rumors about sexual peccadillos, she made her last two films in England. With a stalled career, poor health, failed marriages, financial problems, and the ending of a torrid affair with married Rex Harrison, Carole Landis committed suicide with Seconal in 1948. Intelligent, generous, talented and gorgeous, she was only 29.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1919-01-01

Day of Death 1948-07-05

Place of Birth Fairchild, Wisconsin, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1948 Brass Monkey as Kay Sheldon
1948 Noose as Linda Medbury
1947 Out of the Blue as Mae Earthleigh
1946 A Scandal in Paris as Loretta de Richet
1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog as Julia Andrews
1946 Behind Green Lights as Janet Bradley
1945 Having Wonderful Crime as Helene Justus
1944 Secret Command as Jill McCann
1944 Four Jills in a Jeep as Carole Landis
1943 Wintertime as Flossie Fouchere
1943 Show-Business at War as Herself
1943 The Powers Girl as Kay Evans
1942 Manila Calling as Edna Fraser
1942 Orchestra Wives as Natalie Mercer
1942 It Happened in Flatbush as Kathryn Baker
1942 My Gal Sal as Mae Collins
1942 A Gentleman at Heart as Helen Mason
1941 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2
1941 Cadet Girl
1941 I Wake Up Screaming as Vicky Lynn
1941 Dance Hall as Lili Brown
1941 Moon Over Miami as Barbara Latimer, aka Miss Sears
1941 Topper Returns as Ann Carrington
1941 Road Show as Penguin Moore
1940 Mystery Sea Raider as June McCarthy
1940 Turnabout as Sally Willows
1940 One Million B.C. as Loana
1939 Reno as Mrs. Humphrey
1939 Cowboys from Texas as June Jones
1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle as Blanche Granville
1939 Three Texas Steers as Nancy Evans
1938 Girls on Probation as Extra
1938 Boy Meets Girl as Commissary Cashier
1938 Four's a Crowd as Lansford's 2nd Secretary
1938 Penrod's Double Trouble as Girl at Fair (uncredited)
1938 Men Are Such Fools as June Cooper (uncredited)
1938 When Were You Born? as Ship Passenger (uncredited)
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris as Golddigger
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood as Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
1938 Torchy Blane in Panama as Miss Leopard 1938 (uncredited)
1938 Women Are Like That as Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)
1938 Over The Wall as Peggy - Girl at Beach
1938 Love, Honor and Behave as Wheel Watcher at Party (uncredited)
1938 A Slight Case of Murder as Partygoer Leaning on Piano During Song
1938 Blondes at Work as Carol
1938 The Invisible Menace as Woman Wanting to Go with Her Johnnie
1938 The Patient in Room 18 as Patient in Hospital
1937 Hollywood Hotel as Hat Check Girl with Coat (uncredited)
1937 She Loved a Fireman as Blonde Sunbather
1937 Missing Witnesses as Girl on Pier
1937 The Adventurous Blonde as Bit Role (uncredited)
1937 Alcatraz Island as Party Girl (uncredited)
1937 Over the Goal as Co-ed
1937 Varsity Show as Student (uncredited)
1937 Broadway Melody of 1938 as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks as Bidder (uncredited)
1937 Fly Away Baby as Blonde at Airport (uncredited)
1937 A Day at the Races as Party Guest (uncredited)
1937 A Star Is Born as Girl in Beret at Santa Anita Bar (uncredited)
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl as Chorine (uncredited)
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)

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