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Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard
Personal information
Birth nameJane Alice Peters
Birth dateOctober 6, 1908
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 16, 1942(age 33)
Death placeMount Potosi, Nevada, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
OccupationActress
Years active1921 1942
SpouseWilliam Powell (1931 1933; divorced)
Clark Gable (1939 1942; her death)

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Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 January 16, 1942) was an American actress. She was particularly noted for her comedic roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time and was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s, earning around US $500,000 per year (more than five times the salary of the US President). Lombard's career was cut short when she died at the age of 33 in a plane crash.

Queen of the 1930s screwball comedies, she personified the anxiety of a nervous age. Graham Greene praised the "heartbreaking and nostalgic melodies" of her faster-than-thought delivery. "Platinum blonde, with a heart-shaped face, delicate, impish features and a figure made to be swathed in silver lamé, she wriggled expressively through such classics of hysteria as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey."


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