Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl

Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl

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by Eric Gans
     
 

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Despite appearing in twenty-eight movies in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) never quite became the major Hollywood star her onscreen presence should have afforded her. Although she acted in such enduring films as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was most often relegated to supporting roles. Even when she played the major

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Despite appearing in twenty-eight movies in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) never quite became the major Hollywood star her onscreen presence should have afforded her. Although she acted in such enduring films as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was most often relegated to supporting roles. Even when she played the major role in a feature, as she did in The Powers Girl and the film noir I Wake Up Screaming!, she was billed second or third behind other actors.

This biography traces Landis's life, chronicling her beginnings as a dance hall entertainer in San Francisco, her career in Hollywood and abroad, her USO performances, and ultimately her suicide. Using interviews with actors who worked with Landis, contemporary movie magazines and journals, and correspondence, biographer Eric Gans reveals a tragic figure whose life was all too brief.

Landis's big break came in 1940 with Hal Roach's One Million B.C. She appeared in thirteen Twentieth Century-Fox pictures between 1941 and 1946. In 1942-43, Landis entertained troops in England and North Africa in the only all-female USO tour. The trip led to her memoir, Four Jills in a Jeep, and a Fox movie of the same title. After her last American film in 1947, she completed two projects in England while having an affair with married actor Rex Harrison. Tormented by a love that could not lead to matrimony and depressed about growing older, she took a fatal drug overdose on July 5, 1948.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604730135
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Series:
Hollywood Legends Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
779,069
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Gans is professor of French at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books including most recently The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day, and his articles have appeared in many periodicals.

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Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl 1.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MissSmitth1968 More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of this one. Very hard to read b/c it's written like a college text book. Not fun when you have to look up words. And their is way too much about her movie characters instead of talk about Carole Landis. Could a been much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a warning for anyone who's a fan of Carole. DO NOT buy Eric Gans awful biography or visit his creepy website. This man is no fan...he is a stalker who has harassed Carole's family for years. He stole private family photos from them and is now trying to sell them. His book is full of disgusting lies about Carole!!! If she were alive today she would hate this man and all of her real fans know the truth about him.
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TG1974 More than 1 year ago
This is the second full-length biography of Carole Landis and I don't think it needed to be written at all. There's absolutely nothing new in this book that Carole fans don't already know. I was HORRIFIED that the author says the stories about Carole being a hooker are true (she made enough money during that time she didn't need to sell her body) and I HATED reading all the details about her sex life (she was able to have relationships that lasted more than one night). I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the portrayal of her loving romance with Rex Harrison (he treated her like dirt and they could not have parted on pleasant terms on July 4) and I DON'T AGREE with the theory that a fear of aging led in any way to her suicide (clearly she did it because she was heartbroken over Harrison). I was VERY DISAPPOINTED that the book ignores her childhood sexual abuse (which clearly affected her attitude about men) and doesn't even mention the cover-up that went on after Carole's death (why did the police have to go to such great lengths to hide evidence of an ordinary suicide? maybe Carole wasn't dead when Rex found her?). There are also quite a few factual ERRORS (she was not born on January 2! she was not buried in her butterfly dress!). I wasn't a big fan of the writing style either because the author would start talking one topic then abruptly stop and say it would be examined later. If you're just discovering Carole Landis then I think the best thing to do is to forget about this book and read E.J. Fleming's fabulous biography Carole Landis: A Tragic Life In Hollywood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the worst biographies I have ever read. Carole Landis is portrayed as a victim and someone with no morals. It's all about the how she looked and who she took to her bedroom. The people who published this garbage should be ashamed of themselves. I wish everyone would stop saying horrible things about Carole and let this poor should rest in peace. She was not a tramp and she certainly did not take her own life! I am one of Carole's relatives and I am horrified that this book is part of her legacy. There are claims that some of this trash is from interviews with my family but we DO NOT support this book.