Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.18 at 07:25
Current mood: excited
That’s Carole Lombard from sometime in the late 1920s, about the time she had become a star of sorts in two-reelers from Mack Sennett. Perhaps if he’d had the resources or mindset of his prime rival, Hal Roach, Sennett might have been able to craft Carole into someone similar to Roach’s top female performer…
…Thelma Todd. As things turned out, Lombard gained stardom, but took a different direction to get there.
Both Carole and Thelma left us much too soon under violent circumstances — and in some ways, their demise has overshadowed their achievements (more so in Todd’s case than Lombard’s). That now may change for Thelma, thanks to Facebook friend Michelle Morgan.
Her “The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd” isn’t set for release until Nov. 1 — but it can be pre-ordered through amazon.com for $26.95 (hardcover) at http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Cream-Blonde-Mysterious-Comedienne/dp/1613730381/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429259828&sr=1-2&keywords=Ice+cream+blonde.
Morgan, best known for her authoritative books on Marilyn Monroe — volumes that emphasize the oft-overlooked human angle of this cinematic icon — currently has another book out, this one on a musical icon of a few decades later:
As for Michelle, shown here channeling her inner Colleen Moore or Louise Brooks…
…what’s next from the house of Morgan? She’s currently being coy about her upcoming project…
…but we also know she’s conducted research on Lombard for quite a few years now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Carole’s on deck.