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A T-shirt that's the cat's meow

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 7, 2020

Despite her legendary status, Carole Lombard has never been much of a posthumous commodity a la fellow Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and so on. But for Lombard fans who'd like to visually proclaim their love for her, now you have that chance.Introducing...the Carole Lombard read more

Carole dances back into eBay

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 6, 2020

One could argue "Rumba," from early 1935, was the last Carole Lombard film not to be perceived as an "event." The second of two dance movies she made with hoofer George Raft, it was Paramount's followup to "Bolero," but between production of the two films, the industry re-imposed the Production Code read more

Lombard, Lux take a "Certain" dramatic turn

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 5, 2020

Carole Lombard's second appearance on "Lux Radio Theater" garnered nowhere as much press attention as her first, an adaptation of her 1936 hit "My Man Godfrey" in May 1938 that reunited her with ex-husband William Powell, who was working himself back to health from rectal cancer. But this, airing ne read more

To Louis Armstrong, on his 119th

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 4, 2020

Did Carole Lombard ever meet Louis Armstrong, shown here billed as the musical guest at the Times Square Paramount when "Swing High, Swing Low" was featured in the spring of 1937? While we have no photographic proof, the chances are good that if they didn't meet, she at least may have seen him perfo read more

Olivia gets a special SUTS day

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 3, 2020

Nine Augusts ago, Carole Lombard was part of Turner Classic Movies' annual extravaganza, Summer Under The Stars. (She had an opportunity to participate this year, but lost in a TCM Backlot runoff to Claudette Colbert.) Here's the schedule for the 2020 event:But hold on -- there's been a change in th read more

Meet Bill and Carole, two happy newlyweds

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 2, 2020

It's August 25, 1931, and Carole Lombard and William Powell head back to Los Angeles following their two-month honeymoon in Hawaii. (Lombard fell ill in Honolulu, delaying their return for a while.) Two years from the date this photo was taken, they would no longer be husband and wife -- although th read more

Carole's cottage, up for sale

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 1, 2020

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable pose for the press on March 30, 1939, the day after they married in Kingman, Ariz. Where did this take place? Their ranch in Encino? Nope, it wasn't ready yet, and in 1939, the Valley was a bit removed for much of the Hollywood press corps. Instead, the site was Lombar read more

Powell, Palm Springs...and Gable as a guest

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 31, 2020

This likely is the last time Carole Lombard and William Powell were photographed together, in January 1940 at the new Sunset Strip nightspot Ciro's. Lombard had married Clark Gable the year before, while Powell -- her first husband -- had just married actress Diana Lewis on Jan. 6. Nevertheless, Bil read more

A couple candids of Coop and Carole

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 30, 2020

Was Gary Cooper, shown here with Carole Lombard in 1931's "I Take This Woman," his generation's Warren Beatty? Coop was renowned for his prowess with the ladies, similar to another 1930s Hollywood Lothario, George Raft, albeit in a more upscale manner. Lombard -- who made two films with Cooper -- is read more

For Bill Powell's birthday, a present for his fans

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 29, 2020

Today is the 128th anniversary of the birth of William Powell, my favorite classic era actor, embracing Carole Lombard, my favorite classic era actress, at the time of their honeymoon in June 1931. While their marriage was relatively brief, ending in August 1933, their affection and friendship remai read more

Upon further review...

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 28, 2020

I was feeling so self-satisfied Monday, believing I had helped promote a heretofore unseen photo of Carole Lombard with fellow 1930s legend Fay Wray. Today, reality may have knocked me down a peg (not the first time it's happened, and certainly not the last).Someone sent me this comment:The name sug read more

Carole and Fay, looking fashionable

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 27, 2020

Until today, this image from the August 1931 issue of Motion Picture magazine was the only joint image I knew of Carole Lombard and Fay Wray, then both on Paramount Pictures' roster. But now, I've come across this: It's an 8" x 10" print, not original, and looks to be from the early '30s. I wish I c read more

Godspeed, Olivia

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 26, 2020

We rarely open a Carole & Co. entry with an image that isn't of Lombard, but then again we don't have 104-year-old movie legends pass on. Olivia de Havilland, who worked alongside Carole's husband Clark Gable in the 1939 epic "Gone With The Wind," died late Saturday at her home in Paris.Arguably the read more

Lombard memorabilia, at home in Jersey

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 25, 2020

Carole Lombard looks properly rural, holding a dog in the hay at her San Fernando Valley ranch in this 1937 Paramount portrait, p1202-1546. It's one of nearly two dozen Lombard items available at the Motion Picture Arts Gallery in East Rutherford, N.J. (https://mpagallery.com), and sells for $60 (h read more

RIP Larry Swindell

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 24, 2020

This is one of my very favorite portraits of Carole Lombard, as it blends her beauty, joie de vivre and sex appeal all into one. It's an RKO image, taken on her Encino ranch in 1939 or 1940.And I first became aware of its existence thanks to Larry Swindell.It was on the rear dust jacket of Swindell' read more

Play ball! (Or a 2020 approximation of it)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 23, 2020

Would Carole Lombard -- an avid baseball fan -- be thrilled Opening Day is today, nearly four months behind schedule? Perhaps. But I sense that like me, she'd also say fine, but we have bigger figurative fish to fry. Or something to that effect.Nearly nine months ago, Opening Day 2020 was something read more

Marlene? No, that's Carole -- a lacy Lombard

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 22, 2020

Both Carole Lombard and Marlene Dietrich were style icons in the 1930s; in fact, for a time, Marlene thought Carole was copying her look. Not with that outfit above (actually, Travis Banton draped that satin over Carole), something Marlene deemed ridiculous (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/414 read more

'Swing' for 83 minutes...or for 97

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 21, 2020

Imagine entering a time machine, zapping yourself to New York in spring 1937, and entering the fabled Times Square Paramount for this -- the legendary Louis Armstrong at the peak of his powers, fronting a swing orchestra with his trumpet genius. Pure magic.While we're there, we can do another thing read more

'Orchids,' in the leaves of a book

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 20, 2020

"No More Orchids" (1932), Carole Lombard's second film for Columbia, lacks the pre-Code punch of its predecessor, "Virtue," but shows off her dramatic skills and even gives her a bit of comedy. It also was the first of several films she made with the wonderful character actor Walter Connolly, and th read more

A few ways for Yoo to collect 'Mrs. Smith'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jul 19, 2020

I'm not quite certain how to explain, or define, this photo of Carole Lombard with her "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star, Robert Montgomery, or their director, Alfred Hitchcock. Is Hitch playing another of his fabled "mind games" with actors?Whatever, Carole was at her most glamorous in this atypical (for read more