Lombard does the ‘jerk’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.13 at 22:06

Current mood: amusedamused

Obviously not the dance of the 1960s, either.

Things were going well for Carole Lombard a year into her marriage with Clark Gable. Not only was she having fun as a farm wife, but she still managed to laugh at herself. This following autographed letter, from May 17, 1940, serves as proof.

She sent it to Glen Taylor, an advertising representative from the Young & Rubicam agency’s Hollywood Boulevard office; it apparently refers to two recent radio performances of hers, though I’m not entirely certain which program she is referring to. Since it’s rather hard to read above, here are two segments of the letter, capped by the way she signed it:



What other star in Hollywood, or at least any actress at the time, would refer to herself as a “jerk”? Her self-deprecation is yet another reason Lombard was so beloved throughout the industry.

This unusual item is from mangiamo, arguably the premier seller of Lombard memorabilia on eBay. Here’s what they say about this:

“Here is a unique item — a letter from Carole Lombard to Glen Taylor at Young & Rubicam where she signs her name “Jerk Lombard.” The letter explains that he has a case of poison oak and “I really look like a Jerk.” (see photos for complete letter). Dated May 17, 1940, on personalized, monogrammed “CLG” stationery (Carole Lombard Gable); they were married in 1939. Signature is somewhat faded after 75 years but still very readable. The letter itself is 7″ x 10″, but it professionally matted and framed for an overall dimension of 16″ x 20″.

“You may have a dozen Lombard autographs, but this is the only one signed “Jerk Lombard.”

And now it’s up for auction, with a minimum bid of $250. It’s a one-of-a-kind, to be sure — indicative of Carole’s very special personality. The auction concludes at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern) Monday, and I hope whomever is the winning bidder gives it a wonderful home. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIQUE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-AUTOGRAPH/281689184442?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D83a9a76482164366b64376f31a27c25e%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D321752326184.

And to Carole: You may be a “jerk,” but you’re our “jerk”…and we love you for it.

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Posted May 14, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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