Good morning! Kendra was kind enough to scan and share this April 1941 Screen Guide feature with us. The brief and fluffy piece puts Lombard up against another famous blonde: Carole Landis, who actually changed her first name because of her admiration of Carole Lombard. To my knowledge the two never met but Landis, like Lombard, played a big role in the war effort and spent more time visiting troops than any other actress. Landis visited more than 250 military bases across the United States.

Give it a read and if you want to learn more about Carole Landis I recommend you visit the lovely Carole Landis Online.

Landis Versus Lombard

UPDATE: I got in touch with one of Landis’ nieces and she has the following to say:

No, they never met. Carole Landis was a huge Lombard fan and had her picture plastered all over her bedroom wall when she was a child. That’s why she chose the stage name Carole. Some sources say she actually chose Carol out of a phone book and then added the “e” to be like Lombard. There is a quote Carole gave when a reporter told her they looked alike – “If I look like Miss Lombard – and I don’t – please spare her the humiliation.”

8 Responses to Landis Versus Lombard

  1. Rose says:

    Wasn’t there gossip about Landis and Gable culminating in Missy Carole threatening to kick Landis’ backside?

  2. Cindy says:

    I think I read that she did get a nose job. She looks like lombard I think.

  3. Carla says:

    Rose: I am sure there was gossip though I haven’t really looked into it. I do think that Carole was a lot more secure about Gable and Hollywood’s Hotties than people gave her credit. That is just the vibe I have been getting throughout my research.

    Paula and Cindy: Landis did get a nose job although the reasons are debatable. Some say cosmetic while others call it reconstructive after abuse.

  4. Kendra says:

    I’m glad you liked the article!

  5. Ford Bauman says:

    If I recall correctly-from David Bret’s book on Gable-
    didn’t Carole come home to the ranch and found Clark and Landis together. Gee, I hate to burst the bubble on the fairytale-if a man really loves his wife-does he screw around like Clarkaboy did?

  6. Rose says:

    That’s good to hear, Carla. I was hoping most of the talk was just gossip. It sold magazines then and still does now!

  7. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday to Judy Lewis and to her daughter, Maria–who turns 50 on ll/l6 !!! Loved Judy’s book “Uncommon Knowledge”.

    Keep new pictures of Carole Lombard coming—-there are supposedly l,700 still of her around. THANKS

  8. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday to Judy Lewis and to her daughter, Maria–who turns 50 on ll/l6 !!! Loved Judy’s book “Uncommon Knowledge”.

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