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Lombard, Carole

Summary Article: Lombard, Carole (1908 Fort Wayne, IN-1942 Table Rock Mountain, NV) from Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930, An
Carole Lombard was one of the best comedic talents of the 1930s and held the unofficial title of “screwball comedy queen". She was also known for always being one of the boys in spite of her beauty and was almost universally loved by her co-workers. Her talent was most apparent when she was deftly handling the satirical comedy popular during the late 1930s, but her career was cut short by a plane crash during World War II. Lombard's parents were divorced when she was young, and her mother moved the family to Los Angeles. She was discovered while playing baseball with the boys in her neighborhood and appeared in A Perfect Crime (1921) when she was only twelve. She returned to school and “normal” life until she was fifteen, when she joined a traveling theater group. After touring with the theater group, she appeared in Gold Heels in 1924 but did not again appear in a film until the following year in Marriag...    Continue Reading

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