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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.
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.”
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