Lombard, La Roy and linen   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.08 at 08:13

Current mood: impressedimpressed

Another Paramount movie still of Carole Lombard has surfaced, this from her 1932 vehicle “Sinners in the Sun.” The other woman shown here, Rita La Roy, probably isn’t known by anyone other than truly hardcore classic Hollywood buffs (until now, I admit never having heard of her), but research shows she had a career of note from stage to film to early television.

Born Ina May Stewart in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1901 (although publicity claimed she was born in Paris), La Roy was part of the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s, known for erotic dances such as the “cobra dance,” in which her feet and legs were tied together under a stylized snakeskin so that she danced by undulating her torso. (Sounds like hot stuff.) La Roy moved into movies in 1929, mostly working for RKO-Pathe and Paramount in character or bit roles; her resume includes “Sin Takes a Holiday” with Constance Bennett, the Cary Grant-Nancy Carroll vehicle “Hot Saturday,” “Blonde Venus” with Marlene Dietrich and one other Lombard film, “From Hell to Heaven.”

More or less out of movies by the early 1940s, La Roy founded a modeling agency in Los Angeles. In the late 1940s, she wrote and produced her own television programs for KTLA, including the weekly “You’re a Star,” and was awarded an Emmy in 1948. She died in San Diego in February 1993.

This photo is linen-backed and measures approximately 7 1/4″ x 9 1/2″. It’s also been trimmed without borders, but is otherwise in very good condition.

Bidding on this item begins at $9.99, with the auction closing at 7:05 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Sunday. You can make a bid or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Sinners-in-the-Sun-1932-ORIGINAL-scene-still-LINEN-BACKED-/371320340372?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56746abf94.

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Posted May 8, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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