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Carole Lombard

Carole LombardBorn: October 6, 1908, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Died:
January 16, 1942 (age 33), Mount Potosi, near Las Vegas, Nevada

Carole Lombard, born Jane Alice Peters was an Oscar-nominated American actress. She was particularly noted for her comedic roles in several classic films of the 1930s. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time.

What do you know about Carole Lombard? Take this Hollywood Quick Quiz.

1. Lombard made her film debut at the age of twelve after she was seen playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan; he cast her as a tomboy. What was the film?

  • A Perfect Crime
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Morning Jack

2. In 1929, what was her first sound film?

  • The Eagle's Brood
  • Bar 20 Rides Again
  • High Voltage

3. Who did Lombard marry on June 26, 1931?

  • William Boyd
  • Johnny Mack Brown
  • William Powell

4. Who hired her for his next film, Twentieth Century, alongside living legend John Barrymore.

  • Howard Hawks
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Ted Mack

5. In what 1935 film helped to establish her reputation as a top comedy actress?

  • Morning Glory
  • The Ides of March
  • Hands Across the Table

6. In 1936, she did a screwball comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. What was the movie?

Come Back Little Girl

My Man Godfrey

My Daddy

7. In 1937, she was cast in Nothing Sacred. Her casting her opposite Fredric March and putting Lombard under the direction of William A. Wellman. Produced by David O. Selznick, it was Lombard's only film in Technicolor.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. Who did she marry on March 29, 1939?

  • Gene Autry
  • Clark Gable
  • Cary Grant

9. On the morning of Friday, January 16, 1942, Lombard and her mother boarded a Transcontinental and Western Air DC-3 airplane to return to California. After refueling in Las Vegas, Flight 3 took off on a clear night. However, beacons in the area had been blacked out because of the war, and the plane was 6.7 miles off course. Twenty-three minutes after takeoff, the plane crashed into "Double Up Peak" near the 8,300-foot level of Mount Potosi, 32 miles southwest of Las Vegas. All 22 passengers and crew were killed. A plaque marked the spot, but was stolen sometime in 2007.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Carole Lombard buried?

  • Hills of Eternity, Colma, California
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Heavenly Cemetery, Las Vegas, Nevada

Carole Lombard Answers

  1. A Perfect Crime
  2. High Voltage
  3. William Powell
  4. Howard Hawks
  5. Hands Across the Table
  6. My Man Godfrey
  7. Fact
  8. Clark Gable
  9. Fact
  10. Angels on your pillowForest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California
    Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust

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