A cinematic icon and a timeless beauty whose ingenious flair for Screwball Comedy will forever be immortalized in motion picture history – Carole Lombard was all that and so much more, but in today’s popular culture, most people remember Lombard as being the doting wife of movie king Clark Gable, a joyous activity that fulfilled the stars private life.
During the mid to late 1930’s, Carole Lombard was at the top of her zenith. She was a highly revered actress, who had starred alongside some of Hollywood’s leading pioneers, but away from the cameras, Carole was a wittingly funny human being, whose vivacious spirit and zest for life earned her many valuable friendships and lured her into the arms of Hollywood’s iconic legend, Clark Gable.
Sadly, Carole Lombard became victim of a tragic death. On the evening of January 16th, 1942, Carole, her mother and Hollywood press agent Otto Winkler were returning home after a successful War Bond rally in her home state of Indiana when their TWA Flight 3 plane crashed into Potosi Mountain, killing all twenty-two passengers on-board instantly.
For a star whose time on mortal soil was only short, Carole Lombard lived every day of her rich and comprehensive life to the fullest, and created an enduring legacy that many of her contemporaries found difficult to surpass. Even though it is almost seventy-eight years since her premature death, Carole’s name and her imperishable screen presence will continue to echo through the ages.
To this day, Carole Lombard’s legion of fans worldwide continue to follow her ingenious trail of artistry that she left behind. There are numerous Facebook groups honoring the actress, and even the young generation are appreciating her illustrious body of work. I am privileged to be great friends with Miss Lombard’s most ardent supporter and enthusiast. His name is Vincent Paterno, and he is the author of Carole & Co, a blog dedicated to Carole Lombard.
As all of you would know, I am a great admirer of classic films and the stars that adorned the silver screen. Like many people, I have my own personal favorites, but there are a very few who stand in a pivotal position and secure a place in my top ten. One individual who ranks high on my list is the inimitable Carole Lombard. It is for this reason that Vincent and I have decided to co-host our first blogging event together and honor the legendary Carole, who means a lot to both of us.
Before I proceed with the rules, I must say that I am beyond excited to be collaborating with Vincent on our first ever blogathon. Miss Lombard is one star who deserves such a loving tribute.
For those of you who wish to participate in the blogathon, please read the following.
1. The purpose of this blogathon is to celebrate the wonderful person that Carole was and to shine the spotlight on her legendary film career. With all that said, bloggers are welcome to write about any topic pertaining to Carole Lombard or any movie that stars the actress herself. If you have a subject in mind, but not sure whether its suitable, just run it by Vincent or me, and we will kindly help you out. If you are still stuck for ideas, here is a comprehensive list of Carole’s motion picture work. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001479/bio
2. To give everyone a chance to participate, we are allowing no more than two duplicates. Carole has an illustrious filmography that consists of seventy-nine acting credits, so there are enough topics to go around. We also encourage bloggers to think outside the square when it comes to choosing subjects. Remember, the more popular the subject matter, the more likely it is to be claimed, so act fast. Also, you are welcome to write more than one entry if you wish. However, we are limiting it to three posts per blog.
3. This blogathon is a loving tribute to Carole. All bloggers are welcome to participate, but we will not accept any post that appears derogatory or disrespectful towards Miss Lombard.
4. All contributions must be new material only. Previously published posts will not be accepted.
5. The blogathon will take place on January 16th – 19th, to coincide with the 78th anniversary of Carole’s passing. Early entries are most welcome, but they will not be linked until the day the event commences.
6. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Vincent’s blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Vincent. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Please take one of these beautiful banners that were designed by Vincent, and advertise in on your blog. We look forward to celebrating Carole with you all in January.
SUBJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TIMES
MY MAN GODFREY ( 1936 )
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – TBD
Carole & Co – TBD
Poppity Talks Classic Film – The Carole Lombard and Fred MacMarray Collaborations.
Super Veebs – Tribute to Carole.
Pale Writer – To Be Or Not To Be ( 1942 )
Real Weegie Midget Reviews – The Scarlett O’Hara War ( 1980 )
Cinema Cities – My Man Godfrey ( 1936 )
Karavansara – My Man Godfrey ( 1936 ) and the 1957 remake.
Critica Retro – Carole’s early years with Mack Sennett.
Caftan Woman – We’re Not Dressing ( 1934 )
The Stop Button – The Princess Comes Across ( 1936 )
The Midnight Drive-In – High Voltage ( 1929 )
Taking Up Room – Made For Each Other ( 1939 )
Back To Golden Days – Carole and Clark.