Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood

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Before she was a glamorous actress, before she was a war-time pin-up star, even before she was Carole Landis, she was Frances Lillian Ridste, an insecure young girl from Wisconsin. She was strikingly beautiful, talented, and on her way to becoming a movie star, yet she spent her entire life searching for love.

Though she appeared in more than 60 films during her short career, Landis was better known for her extraordinary beauty and many romantic relationships than for her acting...

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Overview

Before she was a glamorous actress, before she was a war-time pin-up star, even before she was Carole Landis, she was Frances Lillian Ridste, an insecure young girl from Wisconsin. She was strikingly beautiful, talented, and on her way to becoming a movie star, yet she spent her entire life searching for love.

Though she appeared in more than 60 films during her short career, Landis was better known for her extraordinary beauty and many romantic relationships than for her acting or comedic timing. Like many starlets of the time, Landis worked her way up from uncredited bit parts (and according to rumors, from the casting couch) to leading roles in such films as Topper Returns (1940) and My Gal Sal (1942) over the course of her 11-year career. She spent more time visiting troops during World War II-traveling hundreds of thousands of miles and coming near death twice-than any other Hollywood star. Despite her seemingly glamorous and carefree life, Landis was unable to build a lasting relationship, a fact that contributed to her suicide at 29. This work examines Landis’s life and career in Hollywood, focusing on how her movie career affected her short, unhappy life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786422005
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2005
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

E.J. Fleming has been researching Hollywood for decades. He lives in Barrington, Illinois and has penned biographies of Carole Landis and Wallace Reid, among his other books about Hollywood culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2005

    Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood

    This is a terrific biography that every Carole Landis fan should read! Carole is portrayed as a smart, ambitious, kind, but very insecure woman who made a lot bad choices when it came to the men in her life. I felt like I got to know the real Carole and I understand more about why she did the things that she did. The book reveals a lot about Carole's childhood (like who her real father was), clears up some bad rumors (there is no proof she ever worked as a prostitute), and gives a very detailed account of her final days. The book has a lot of information about Carole's films (including a complete filmography). There are also many photos I had never seen before. I think all of Carole's fans will be very pleased with this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood

    This is the first biography ever written about Carole Landis and I think it's about time. Carole was a very popular star during the 1940s but sadly today she is mostly remembered because she committed suicide at the age of twenty-nine. Now her complete story is finally being told! You will find out all about Carole's troubled childhood, her struggle for fame, her five failed marriages, her tireless charity work during World War 2, her numerous health problems, and the ill-fated affair that led to her death. There are also dozens of rare photos. If you're a fan of Carole you won't be disappointed in this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Carole's Fans Have Waited A Long Time For This

    This is the first full-length biography of Carole Landis and I was not disappointed. It covers every aspect of Carole's life - her unhappy childhood, her four failed marriages, her career, her volunteer work during World War 2, her affairs with Jacqueline Susann, Busby Berkeley, and Darryl Zanuck, and of course her tragic death. It even clears up a lot of the false rumors that have been written about her over the years. It is obvious E.J. Fleming is a fan of Carole because he writes about her in a loving but very honest way. He reveals a lot of things I had never heard before like who Carole's real father might have been. Plus there are tons of rare photos, quotes, trivia, and a complete filmography. I have adored Carole for years and I learned so much from this book. If you are a fan of Carole Landis you simply must read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood

    I am so happy someone finally wrote a biography of Carole Landis. It is obvious Mr. Fleming did a lot of research about Carole. You will learn about Carole's childhood, her unhappy marriages, and the truth about her tragic death. This book clears up a lot of rumors and you get to know the real Carole. I would recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood

    A fabulous book!!!!!!!!!! I thought I knew everything about Carole but I was wrong. The author was able to uncover many details about her birth date, her real father, the truth about her nose job, and what happened the night she died. Give this book to someone who doesn't know much about Carole and I'll guarantee they will become a fan.

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