Igniting a love for Lombard   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.04.15 at 05:55
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful

carole lombard 1479a

Ask a question, get an answer. The blog “A Mythical Monkey Writes About The Movies” (http://mythicalmonkey.blogspot.com/) recently received the Liebster Blog Award, and as part of the process, you’re supposed to divulge random facts about yourself, answer questions and ask some. I’m in the last category, thanks to this question:

(For Carole & Co., Rosalind Russell: Dazzling Star, the Louise Brooks Society, VKMfanHuey, Molly Brown, and everybody else who has devoted him- or herself to a classic film actress) What made you fall in love with the actress you blog about?

Obviously, I can’t speak regarding Rosalind Russell, Louise Brooks, Ginger Rogers or other stars, but what made me fall for Carole Lombard was not only watching her in movies — “My Man Godfrey, “Nothing Sacred” and the like — but reading about her, particularly this book:

carole lombard screwball 03b

Hard to believe that “Screwball,” by Larry Swindell, is now nearly 40 years old itself. It’s a fine read about its subject, whose innate goodness as a person shines throughout…although Carole would’ve been the first to tell you she hardly qualified for sainthood (neither would her blonde contemporaries Jean Harlow and Marion Davies, both of whom were renowned for their generosity and decency). There’s a genuine timelessness about Lombard — from her love of sports to her outspoken feminism — that makes her modern as tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to Michelle Morgan’s upcoming bio of Carole, as it will have access to research items unavailable four decades ago, but Swindell’s book remains a good place to start.

And the back cover of “Screwball” encapsulates so much of what I love about Lombard, from her joie de vivre to her sex appeal, and remains one of my very favorite images of her:

carole lombard 1929c

Hope that answers the question.

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Posted April 15, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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