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Carole Lombard

Female 1908 - 1942  (33 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Carole Lombard 
    Birth 6 Oct 1908  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Prominent People USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 16 Jan 1942 
    Siblings 2 Siblings 
    Person ID I372871  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2013 

    Father Frederick C. Peters,   b. 1875   d. 1935 (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Knight,   b. 1877   d. 16 Jan 1942 (Age 65 years) 
    Divorce 1914 
    Family ID F147792  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Powell,   b. 29 Jul 1892, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Mar 1984 (Age 91 years) 
    Marriage 1931 
    Divorce 1933 
    Family ID F147793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 

    Family 2 Russ Columbo   d. 1934 
    Marriage Type: Romantically linked 
    Family ID F366062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2013 

    Family 3 William Clark Gable,   b. 1 Feb 1901, Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Nov 1960, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 59 years) 
    Marriage 29 Mar 1939 
    Family ID F147794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 

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      Carole's mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area in California. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director, Carole was signed to a one picture contract in 1921 when she was 12. The film in question was A PERFECT CRIME. Although she tried for other acting jobs, she would not be seen again for four years. For the time being she returned to a normal life, going to school and participating in athletics at which she was very good particularly track and field. At 15, Carole had had enough of school and quit. She joined a theater troupe and played in several stage shows, which were for the most part nothing to write home about. In 1925, she passed a screen test and was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox. Her first role as a Fox player was HEARTS AND SPURS where she had the lead. Right after that film Carole appeared in a western called DURAND OF THE BADLANDS. She rounded out 1925 in the comedy MARRIAGE IN TRANSIT. Other films that year included a number of shorts. In 1926, Carole was seriously injured in an automobile accident which left the left side of her face scarred. Once she had recovered, Fox canceled her contract. She did find work in a number of shorts during 1928 (thirteen of them), but did go back for a one time shot with Fox called ME, GANGSTER. By now, the film industry was moving from the silent era to "talkies". While some had their careers end due to sound, Carole made a very smooth transition. Her first film with sound was HIGH VOLTAGE with Pathe (her new studio employer) in 1929. In 1931, Carole was teamed with William Powell in MAN OF THE WORLD. (In fact, she married Powell, but the union was a failure with a divorce in 1933). NO MAN OF HER OWN (1932) put Carole opposite Clark Gable for the first and only time. (They married in seven years later in 1939). By now she was with Paramount Studios and was one of their top stars. But it was 1934's TWENTIETH CENTURY that showed her true comedic talents and proved to the world what a fine actress she really was. In 1936, Carole received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress in MY MAN GODFREY. As Irene Bullock, she was superb in the role. Unfortunately, the coveted award went to Luise Ranier in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD which also won for Best Picture. She was now working about one film a year at her choosing, because she wanted any role she picked to be a good one. She was very adept at picking just the right part. And why not? She was smart enough to see through the good-ol-boy syndrome of the studio moguls. She commanded and received one of the top salaries in the business. At one time it was reported she was making $35, 000 a week. She made but one film in 1941, that being MR. & MRS. SMITH. Her last film was in 1942, when Carole played Maria Tura in TO BE OR NOT TO BE. She did not live to see its release. Finished in 1941 at the time the US entered World War II, Carole went home to Indiana for a war bond rally. On January 16, 1942, Carole, her mother, and 20 other people were flying back to California when the plane went down outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. All perished. The highly acclaimed comedy actress was dead at the age of 33 and few have been able to match her talents since.
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