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Peters, Jane Alice (Lombard, Carole)

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1942 AD, at 33 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses


1908 - Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana October 6th.

1912 - After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director, Carole was signed to a one-picture contract "A Perfect Crime" when she was 12.

1925 - She passed a screen test and was signed to a contract with Fox Films. Her first role as a Fox player was "Hearts and Spurs", in which she had the lead.

         - She appeared in a western called "Durand of the Bad Lands". She rounded out in the comedy "Marriage in Transit" (she also appeared in a number of two-reel shorts).

1926 - Carole was seriously injured in an automobile accident that resulted in the left side of her face being scarred. Once she had recovered, Fox canceled her contract.

1928 - She did find work in a number of shorts (13 of them, many for slapstick comedy director Mack Sennett), but did go back for a one-time shot with "Fox called Me, Gangster".

1929 - Her first sound film was "High Voltage" at Pathe (her new studio).

1931 - She was teamed with William Powell in "Man of the World".

         - She and Powell hit it off and soon married, but the marriage didn't work out and they divorced.

1932 - "No Man of Her Own" put Carole opposite Clark Gable for the first and only time (they married seven years later).

1934 - Twentieth Century showed her true comedic talents and proved to the world what a fine actress she really was.

1936 - Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress for "My Man Godfrey". She was superb as ditzy heiress Irene Bullock.

         - The coveted award went to Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld, which also won for Best Picture.

1939 - Married Clark Gable in March 29th.

1941 - She made but one film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith".

1942 - Her last film when she played Maria Tura opposite Jack Benny in "To Be or Not to Be".

         - Carole went home to Indiana for a war bond rally. On January 16th, Carole, her mother, and 20 other people were flying back to California when the plane went down outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. All aboard perished. The highly acclaimed actress was dead at the age of 33 and few have been able to match her talents since.


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