Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.18 at 04:11
Current mood: flirty
No, as far as is known Carole Lombard never attempted wearing that iconic 1920s hairstyle; she’s at right in this photo, wearing “a diaphanous bra top and short pants,” revealing lots of leg. It’s the other woman in this photo, taken for Mack Sennett in late 1927 or early ’28, who’s trying to emulate Colleen Moore (the star then most associated with the ‘do) or Louise Brooks, who’d appear in the 1931 Lombard film “It Pays to Advertise,” though she’s in a separate scene and it’s not known whether they ever met (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/32690.html).
And just who is this other woman? Her name is Jean Keller, a Sennett girl for a brief time. Born Jan. 3, 1911 in Santa Monica (was this where Mack discovered her?), Keller’s movie output consisted of four uncredited appearances, three in Sennett shorts with Lombard — “The Girl From Everywhere” (1927), as well as “The Swim Princess” and “Run, Girl, Run” (both 1928). She died in Nevada in 1990, and I have no idea whether she had children or ever told friends or family stories about working with Lombard.
Here’s the back of the pic identifying her:
This photo is doubleweight and measures 10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″; the seller calls it “spectacular” and adds it’s in fine condition. This is a rarity, to be sure, and you can buy it for $165 or for $28 for six months. Just go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Jean-Keller-Sexy-vintage-leggy-jumbo-1928-Mack-Sennett-photo-/371413998143?hash=item5679ffda3f to find out more.