Posted by vp19 on 2013.03.31 at 13:39
Current mood: curious
Remember a few weeks ago when, through the magic of trick photography, we “enlarged” Carole Lombard to roughly 40 times her size? (It was for a banner in the 2013 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney; more on that later in this entry.) Anyway, if you stood face-to-face with a 200-foot-tall Carole — or, more likely, if you saw her in closeup in a big-city movie palace with a huge screen — the above picture gives you an idea of just how magnified Lombard’s face would seem.
It’s likely that the still image was retouched so as to minimize the presence of the scar on her left cheek that a teenage Carole received in an automobile accident, most likely in early 1926. (Michelle Morgan, who’s doing yeoman work researching a Lombard bio that will probably be issued late next year, is trying to track down the specifics of the crash.) Perhaps the accident had unintended benefits for Lombard, as it forced her to become cognizant of things such as lighting, cinematography and other aspects of the industry.
While Carole certainly wasn’t devoid of vanity, where her scar was concerned, she never went to the extremes Claudette Colbert did regarding being photographed from one side of her face. Lombard never denied the effects of the accident, but it wasn’t something she played up, either. In fact, note this extreme closeup of a portrait, and you’ll see that she places her hand on her left cheek to disguise the scar:
Four portraits of Lombard with the scar (the photos are reprints, not originals) are being auctioned at eBay. The seller also provided closeups of the scar; why these weren’t retouched by Paramount is uncertain. Here they are, scars and all.
First, a photo that’s from Paramount’s p1202 series, though I can’t make out the precise number:
Next, a later p1202 entry:
After that, p1202-1105:
Finally, one of Lombard’s last stills for Paramount, p1202-1718:
Bidding on the photos begins at $25, and bids end at 4:40 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-CAROLE-LOMBARD-PHOTOS-SHOWING-SCAR-ON-HER-LEFT-CHEEK-/281085996236?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item417207eccc for more information.
Regarding the tourney, the restart isn’t adversely affecting Carole; as of 10:30 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, she leads Doris Day, 16-4. (The other semifinal is similarly lopsided, with Bette Davis ahead of Diana Rigg, 16-3.) Remember, if you voted earlier in this round, it’s been nullified and you have to vote again if you didn’t already. Go to http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com to cast your ballot.
Posted by vp19 on 2013.03.29 at 01:23
Current mood: energetic
…well, maybe it is for men’s and women’s college basketball, but the one we’re talking about is the 2013 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney. It’s slated to begin sometime this morning and will last through either Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Carole Lombard, a final four participant for the first time after capturing the 1930s bracket, will take on ’50s winner Doris Day. Whomever wins that meeting takes on the survivor of the other semifinal, pitting ’40s winner Bette Davis against ’60s champ Diana Rigg.
And yes, we have created yet another Lombard banner to spur Team Carole into voting:
It’s hard to gauge this match. Carole won her first four matches this year fairly easily, and then overcame a strong challenge from Barbara Stanwyck to finally catch the ’30s bouquet after being the bridesmaid the previous two years. Day easily defeated four of her five foes so far this year, but squeaked by Audrey Hepburn by two votes in her ’50s semifinal. She has plenty of fans, as does Lombard, so every vote will count.
As in the past, you can cast your vote at http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com. And tell your friends to do likewise for Lombard. Oh, and Doris — just a reminder that you’re not the only one in this tourney who loves animals…
Posted by vp19 on 2013.03.25 at 00:05
Current mood: hopeful
That’s Carole Lombard on the cover of the Nov. 30, 1934 issue of the British magazine Film Weekly.
She was as popular a fixture on UK magazine covers as she was stateside. Now, what may have been her first cover appearance for that British publication is available at eBay. It’s from Aug. 5, 1932…
…with a promotional shot from “Sinners In The Sun.”
Don’t know if there’s any Lombard material inside, but there is a nice piece on Jean Harlow…
…the latest film news, including word of a planned (but never produced) talkie remake of “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” with Boris Karloff in the title role…
…and a portrait of Wendy Barrie:
The 28-page magazine measures 12.5″ x 9.5″ and is in good condition. Interested? Bids begin at $9.99, with bidding ending at 4:38 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. You can learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JEAN-HARLOW-WENDY-BARRIE-Film-Weekly-UK-Mag-1932-/310637914026?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item48537667aa.
Now the latest on the 1930s finals of the 2013 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney: As of midnight (Eastern), Lombard leads Barbara Stanwyck, 19-11. So far, so good, but it won’t be easy. Voting continues through Wednesday — if you haven’t done so already, cast your vote for Carole at http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com. There you can also link to voting in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s finals:
The new LiveJournal header is Paramount p1202-54, where Lombard shows off a bare shoulder in this profile shot.