Jane Alice Peters was born in Indiana on 6th October 1908. Six years later, after her parents Frederick and Elizabeth separated, the youngster moved to Los Angeles with her mother and two elder brothers... and in 1925, she signed a contract with Fox and became... Carole Lombard.
The words“beautiful” and “tragic” could be applied to a number of twentieth century Hollywood actresses: Jean Harlow, Dorothy Dell, Gloria Dickson, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood to name but five... Carole Lombard was
fated to be another.
She appeared in numerous films during the 20s, 30s and into the early 1940s, receiving an Oscar nomination for My Man Godfrey, a comedy in which Carole starred alongside her former husband William Powell (who would also have
a relationship with Jean Harlow that was ended by her untimely death in 1937).
Lombard later had an affair with the singer Russ Columbo, but he was killed in bizarre circumstances when he was struck above the eye by a bullet (shot from a Derringer pistol) that had ricocheted off a table. The gun had been fired accidently by Columbo’s friend Lansing Brown who was later exonerated of all blame...
Carole would marry for a second time in 1939; he husband was the legendary actor Clark Gable... the wedding took place during a break in production of the movie Gone With the Wind...
Away from the film set, Carole Lombard was much admired and much loved, but she was to lose her life in a plane crash on 16th January 1942... the story goes that Gable tried to persuade his wife to catch a train, but she was keen to get home to her husband. The method of transport was apparently decided by the toss of a coin...
And fate would dictate that another bright star was soon to be extinguished...
My reason for mentioning this beautiful and talented young woman is that she is soon to be the subject of a biography by my new-found author friend Michelle Morgan. It is to my eternal shame that in my adult years, I have
actually written more books than I’ve read, but I’m really looking forward to Michelle’s book becoming an addition to my somewhat sparsely populated bookcase...
Carole Lombard 1908-1942
All my own work... almost.