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Lombardin MY MAN GODFREY.

About Carole Lombard (1908 – 1942)

Carole Lombard was born on October 6, 1908, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On January 16, 1942, she passed away on Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, in an airplane crash.

Lombard was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty, in WWII. Roosevelt greatly admired Lombard's work for the war effort. Ironically Carole Lombard was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.

Sometimes Carole Lombard was credited as Carol Lombard and Jane Peters; her birth name. Carole went by the nicknames, "The Profane Angel", and "The Hoosier Tornado". In 1936, Jane Peters legally changed her name to Carole Lombard. Only in her first film, A PERFECT CRIME; (1921), did she use her real name, Jane Peters.

Carole was named the #23 Actress of the The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends.

While playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys, Carole Lombard was spotted by director Allan Dwan who cast Carole as a tom-boy in A PERFECT CRIME. Carole was signed to a one picture contract, in 1921, when she was 12.

By the age of 23, Carole and William Powell; age 39 were married for 23 months but divorced in 1933. They stayed friends and film partners, for example they co-starred in MY MAN GODFREY.

In 1925, Lombard passed a screen test and was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox. Lombard's first role as a Fox player was HEARTS AND SPURS where she had the lead. By now, the film industry was moving from the silent era to talkies. Carole made a very smooth transition. Her first film with sound was HIGH VOLTAGE with Pathe; (her new studio employer), in 1929.

Carole played opposite Clark Gable in NO MAN OF HER OWN; (1932). This was the first and only time they acted together. They married seven years later, in 1939. They truly loved each other.

In 1936, Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress
in MY MAN GODFREY.

Lombard's last film was in 1942, when Carole portrayed the character, Maria Tura, in the film, TO BE OR NOT TO BE. She did not live to see its release.

Carole Lombard's notable movie credits include...

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)
IN NAME ONLY (1939)
TRUE CONFESSION (1937)
RUMBA (1935)
SUPERNATURAL (1933)
NO ONE MAN (1932)
MATCHMAKING MAMMA (1929)
THE DIVINE SINNER (1928)
DURAND OF THE BADLANDS (1925)
A PERFECT CRIME (1921)