Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942), born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was an Oscar-nominated American actress. She was particularly noted for her comedic roles in several classic films of the 1930s.
Her parents were Frederick C. Peters and Elizabeth Knight. Lombard's paternal grandfather, John Claus Peters, was the son of German immigrants, Claus Peters and Caroline Catherine Eberlin. One distant branch of Lombard's mother's family originated in England; her ancestors John and Martha Cheney emigrated to North America in 1634.
She was the youngest of three children. She spent her early childhood in a sprawling, two-story house at 704 Rockhill Street in Fort Wayne, near the St. Mary's River. Her parents divorced and her mother took the three children to Los Angeles in 1914, where Lombard eventually attended Fairfax High School. She was elected "May Queen" in 1924. She quit school to pursue acting full time, but graduated from Fairfax in 1927.
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To Be or Not to Be is a 1942 comedy film about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops. It starred Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges and Sig Ruman.
The title is a reference to the famous "To be, or not to be" soliloquy in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The movie was adapted by Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited) and Edwin Justus Mayer from the story by Melchior Lengyel. It was directed by Lubitsch.
It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
The movie was released 2 months after actress Carole Lombard was killed in an airplane crash.
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To Be or Not to Be was remade in 1983 by Mel Brooks. See also: To Be or Not to Be (1983 film).
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 1941 screwball comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Norman Krasna.
The original movie starred Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery as Ann Smith and David Smith, a lawyer who discover that they are not actually married. This gives them second thoughts as to whether they should stay together or not. Gene Raymond stars as a friend and colleague of David who begins to woo Ann.
Hitchcock reportedly directed the film, his only pure comedy in America, as a favor to Lombard.
In Name Only is a 1939 romantic film starring Cary Grant, Carole Lombard and Kay Francis.Alec Walker (Cary Grant) puts up with a loveless marriage to Maida (Kay Francis) until he meets widow Julie Eden (Carole Lombard). They fall in love and he asks his wife for a divorce. She refuses; she married him solely for his social position and wealth and won't give them up. Though he knows it, she is such a skillful liar, she has his parents (Charles Coburn, Nella Walker) convinced that Julie is the fortune hunter, out to destroy a happy marriage.Julie breaks up with Alec since she can't see any future with him. Alec becomes so distraught, he gets drunk and falls asleep in a hotel room, leaving a window open in the middle of winter. As a result, he becomes dangerously ill. The doctor tells Alec's father that he would have no trouble recovering if he hadn't lost the will to live. When Alec calls out her name in his delirium, the doctor strongly recommends that she be brought to him.Mr. Walker...,
My Man Godfrey is a screwball comedy film released in 1936 by Universal Pictures, directed by Gregory LaCava. It was adapted from Eric Hatch's novel 1101 Park Avenue by Hatch himself and Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by LaCava. The story concerns a socialite who hires a derelict to be her family's butler, only to fall in love with him, much to his dismay. The 1936 film starred William Powell and Carole Lombard, supported by Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Mischa Auer and Alan Mowbray.
A 1957 remake starred June Allyson and David Niven.
During the Great Depression, Godfrey "Smith" (William Powell) lives alongside other men down on their luck in the city dump. One day, snooty socialite Cornelia Bullock (Gail Patrick) offers him five dollars to be her "forgotten man" for a scavenger hunt. Annoyed, he backs her up until she falls on a pile of ashes. She leaves in a fury, much to the glee of her sister Irene (Carole Lombard). After talking with her, Godfrey...,
Twentieth Century is a 1934 American screwball comedy film. It is set on board the 20th Century Limited, a luxury train bound for Grand Central Station in New York City from Chicago. Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur adapted their play of the same name for the screen with assistance from Gene Fowler and Preston Sturges, neither of whom was credited. The cast, directed by Howard Hawks, included John Barrymore (giving an Oscar-worthy performance), Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns and Edgar Kennedy.
The film is one of three works based to some extent on an unproduced Broadway play written by Charles Bruce Millholland. The other two were Twentieth Century, a 1932 play written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical On the Twentieth Century, whose original cast featured John Collum, Madeline Kahn and Imogene Coca.
Among the passengers are egomaniacal Broadway theatre producer Oscar Jaffe (Barrymore), desperately in need of a hit after a...,
Bolero is a 1934 film starring George Raft and Carole Lombard. The movie was a rare chance for Raft to star and to play a dancer, which had been his profession in New York City, rather than a gangster.
The film opens shortly before World War I. Raoul De Baere (Raft) is a dancer from New York City, aiming to become king of the European nightclub circuit. He tries to get Annette (famed exotic dancer Sally Rand) to be his dancing partner, but she refuses. He recruits Helen Hathaway (Lombard) instead and devises a very athletic routine to be accompanied by Ravel's Boléro (an anachronism, as the composition was not written until 1928).
He falls in love with Helen, but she does not reciprocate, and marries Lord Robert Coray (Ray Milland). Raoul serves in the U.S. Army in World War I and emerges with a weakened heart. Nevertheless, he vows to carry on with his career. He opens a smart nightclub in Paris, and recruits Annette (now desperate for work) as his new partner. On the opening night...,
Carole Lombard was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen County