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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~Kahlil Gibran
I have received a couple of e-mails asking about the aftermath of Carole’s car accident and the scar that was left on her cheek. Here are two articles relating to the incident that gives us a bit more insight on our Lombard. That girl didn’t just have beauty and brains– she had GUTS!
Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1927, pg. A9:
Actress Demands Damages For Cut
CHEEK SCAR VALUE PUT UP TO JUDGE
Film Bathing Girl Sues For $35,000 as Result of Auto Accident
Judge Fleming of Superior Court will be called upon this morning to determine the value of a scar on the cheek of a bathing girl when Carole Jane Peters, motion picture actress, appears to prosecute her suit for $35,000 in damages against Harry Cooper, 16 years of age, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper.
Miss Peters, who is 17, and earns her livelihood play bathing-beauty roles in comedies, contends the scar greatly distracts from her appearance before the camera. She asserts she received the scar as a result of a collision between young Cooper’s automobile and another car in 1926. Miss Peters, who is known professionally as Carole Lombard, says she was riding with Cooper at the time of the accident.
Los Angeles Times, October 15, 1927, pg. A5:
Suit Over Scar on Girl Settled
Superior Court Judge Fleming yesterday was spared the necessity of determining how much it is worth for a motion-picture actress to carry a scar on her cheek when the suit for $35,000 damages brought by Miss Carole Jane Peters was settled before being called to trial.
Miss Peters had sued Harry Cooper, holding him responsible for the scar she declared she bears as a result of an automobile accident. Miss Peters stated she was a passenger in Cooper’s machine when it collided with another car.
While terms of the settlement were not made public, it is reported Miss Peters agreed to accept $3,000 in lieu of going to trial.
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