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1[[quoteright:325:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/highly_photogenic_lombard.jpg]] ²²->''"She was so alive, modern, frank, and natural that she stands out like a beacon on a lightship in this odd place called Hollywood."''²-->-- '''Creator/BarbaraStanwyck'''²²Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters; October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actor during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, renowned for her ditzy ScrewballComedy heroines and her playful personality.²²Lombard began her film career in low-budget [[SilentMovie silent]] Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox films playing blonde ingénues and the like. Discovered by Mack Sennett (famous for his two-reel comedies during the Silent Era), she became one of his Bathing Beauties, and honed in her skills as a comedienne during this time.²²With the emergence of sound, Lombard transitioned easily, and signed a contract with Creator/{{Paramount}} in 1930. At this studio, she met and married her first husband, Creator/WilliamPowell. By 1933, they would divorce, but [[AmicablyDivorced continue to be good friends afterwards]]. She was also good friends with actor/decorator William Haines. When Haines was fired from MGM for refusing to hide his homosexuality, Lombard helped him transition to a successful decorating career by hiring him to decorate her home and having that promoted in film and decorating magazines. ²²During the early 1930s, Lombard worked in mediocre movies, playing variants on the brainless blonde. All that changed, however, with her breakout hit, ''Film/TwentiethCentury''. Alongside the respected actor, Creator/JohnBarrymore, she held her own, and the film not only solidified her star power, but cemented the ScrewballComedy genre. Subsequently, LIFE Magazine crowned her the "Screwball Comedy Queen."²²Other classics followed: ''Film/HandsAcrossTheTable'' (1935, featuring a young Creator/FredMacMurray), ''Film/MyManGodfrey'' (1936, co-starring William Powell), ''Film/NothingSacred'' (1937, co-starring Creator/FredricMarch) -- the latter being her favourite film. Her daft sense of humour made her a favourite among colleagues and friends alike; she was the glamourous leading lady who [[LadySwearsALot loved swearing like a sailor]] -- they called her "the Profane Angel" -- who also loved hunting, playing sports, and hanging out with everyone, from the glamourous stars to the crew.²²Notoriously, Lombard was also known for [[ThePrankster her mischievous antics]] throughout her life and here are just ''[[UpToEleven some]]'' [[Funny/CaroleLombard outrageous examples]]: on her first and only movie with Creator/ClarkGable (''Film/{{No Man of Her Own|1932}}''), she [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/clark_and_carole_clark_ham_present.jpg gave him a ham with a picture of him]], thinking him a stuffed shirt; she gave director Creator/WilliamAWellman a straitjacket as a gift during the shooting of ''Film/NothingSacred''; Hitchcock was known for his infamous remark about actors being cattle, so Carole [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lombard_and_montgomery_with_cattle.jpg brought cattle onto the set]], and called one Carole and the other Bob (Creator/RobertMontgomery being her co-star); always the attention-lover, she went to a party for a friend who had been released from a sanitarium, arrived in an ambulance, and shocked the guests as she was lifted into the room on a stretcher. Clark Gable, who was also a guest, thought the joke in poor taste.²²Late in 1936, though, Lombard and Gable became completely smitten and were soon inseparable. They became Hollywood’s most glamourous couple and got HappilyMarried on March 29th, 1939. ²²In the late '30s and early '40s, Lombard [[TomHanksSyndrome tried her hand at dramas]], but they failed with the public and critics. Due to these box offices duds, she returned to comedies; her two last were, respectively, Creator/AlfredHitchcock's only straight comedy, ''[[Film/MrAndMrsSmith1941 Mr. and Mrs. Smith]]'', and Creator/ErnstLubitsch's ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.²²America's entrance into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo sparked Lombard's patriotism, and she traveled the world to collect war bonds for the effort. After selling more than $2 million war bonds in one night’s rally, Carole, her mother, Bessie, and a family friend/Gable's agent, Otto Winkler, boarded a DC-3 plane to Indiana on January 16, 1942. The plane crashed shortly after take-off; none of the passengers survived. Lombard was only 33 years old.²²The country mourned what it considered its first celebrity casualty of the war, [[TheMourningAfter Gable was never the same again]] [[TheLostLenore without her]], and the silver screen lost its most revered comedic star.²²Carole's influence would continue to be felt beyond the grave, when her best friend Creator/LucilleBall would claim that Carole had appeared to her in a dream and convinced her to "give it a whirl" -- ''it'' being the new and untested medium of television. The result was ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which came to define the television SitCom even more profoundly than Carole's own work had defined the ScrewballComedy genre.²----²!!Carole Lombard films on TV Tropes:²²* ''Film/ManOfTheWorld'' (1931)²* ''Film/{{No Man of Her Own|1932}}'' (1932)²* ''Film/{{Virtue}}'' (1932)²* ''Film/BriefMoment'' (1933)²* ''Film/TheEagleAndTheHawk'' (1933)²* ''Film/TwentiethCentury'' (1934)²* ''Film/HandsAcrossTheTable'' (1935)²* ''Film/LoveBeforeBreakfast'' (1936)²* ''Film/MyManGodfrey'' (1936)²* ''Film/NothingSacred'' (1937) — Her only Technicolor film.²* ''Film/SwingHighSwingLow'' (1937)²* ''Film/TrueConfession'' (1937)²* ''Film/FoolsForScandal'' (1938)²* ''Film/{{In Name Only|1939}}'' (1939)²* ''Film/MadeForEachOther'' (1939)²* ''Theatre/TheyKnewWhatTheyWanted'' (1940)²* ''[[Film/MrAndMrsSmith1941 Mr. and Mrs. Smith]]'' (1941)²* ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'' (1942)²----²!!Tropes associated with Carole Lombard's works:²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Her most remembered characters are often wrapped up in their own worlds.²* GaussianGirl: Invoked. Carole experienced a horrific car accident (the windshield smashed and the glass landed on both her and her friend in the passenger seat) in 1926 and had to have surgery without anaesthetic. She had a few scars; a noticeable one is on her left cheek but manipulated lighting hid it most of the time and made her look softer on camera.²* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Much of Lombard's protagonist characters are innocent and nice. Most notable is Irene in ''My Man Godfrey''.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen:²** She was cast to play the lead in a film called ''They All Kissed the Bride'', but was killed shortly before filming began. Her part was recast with Creator/JoanCrawford, who donated her salary from the film to the American Red Cross.²** Alfred Hitchcock wanted to cast her in more of his films in serious roles, feeling that she was a capable dramatic actor. However she died shortly after their only film together, ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith1941''. ²----

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