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For millions of movie fans during the 1930s, an actress from Fort Wayne, Indiana, personified the madcap adventures of their favorite form of screen comedy screwball. Nicknamed The Hoosier Tornado for her energetic personality, Carole Lombard did as much as anyone to define the genre, in such films as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey. She also captured America's attention through her romance and marriage with Clark Gable. Wes D. Gehring examines Lombard's legacy, focusing on the public and private figure from...
For millions of movie fans during the 1930s, an actress from Fort Wayne, Indiana, personified the madcap adventures of their favorite form of screen comedy screwball. Nicknamed The Hoosier Tornado for her energetic personality, Carole Lombard did as much as anyone to define the genre, in such films as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey. She also captured America's attention through her romance and marriage with Clark Gable. Wes D. Gehring examines Lombard's legacy, focusing on the public and private figure from her early days as in Mack Sennett silent films, to her development as the leading motion-picture comedienne of her time, to her tragic death in a January 1942 plane crash following a successful war-bond rally in Indianapolis.
|Chapter 1||The Early Years||19|
|Chapter 2||The Accident and a Comedy Comeback||43|
|Chapter 3||A Climb Up the Film Ladder Coupled with a Hoosier Homecoming||61|
|Chapter 4||A Brief Union of Consequence||77|
|Chapter 5||Tragedy among the Many Loves of Lombard||97|
|Chapter 6||The Starlet Becomes a Star ... and the Queen of Hollywood Parties||117|
|Chapter 7||Lombard's Memorable 1936||135|
|Chapter 9||Clark Gable and Gone with the Wind||173|
|Chapter 10||Turning the Tables on Hitchcock and Other Final Adventures||199|
|Epilogue: Lombard's Legacy||221|
Posted May 16, 2014
"Gehring is clearly in love with his subject and details Lombard's life, times and some delicious backstage gossip with a historian's eye and a biographer's appetite for discovery."--"Publisher's Weekly". "Mr. Gehring....writes with ease and authority about Ms. Lombard's ascent to stardom and her pivotal role portraying women as alluring, ambitious, shrewd and witty." --"The New York Sun"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2014
An often under appreciated actress, Gehring's Lombard text did bring added recognition to her by being a "Foreword Magazine"
"Biography Finalist" at BookExpo (Chicago, 2004)
Posted October 14, 2009
I have just recently become a Carole Lombard fan, so I was looking for a good biography to give me more information about the life of the screwball legend. While I felt that this book covered her early life and rise to stardom very well, it quickly turned into little more than a compilation of her movie reviews. The author spent far too much time interpreting the themes and facets of Lombard's movies and recounting her reviews from various magazines and newspapers. There was very little attention devoted to her LIFE once she became a Hollywood big name. There are a few colorful stories but, I know more could have been featured, especially those I've heard elsewhere about various entertaining instances during her marriage to Clark Gable. This biography was well-researched, but even I caught some careless errors. For example, it is said that Clark Gables 4th wife gave birth to his son, when it was his 5th. Also the author mispelled the name of Scarlett O'Hara as "Scarlet." Nothing big, but still, I feel that's unprofessional for a published author.
In all, I enjoyed reading this book, but I have to say, I was disappointed in finding that I had not learned anything about Lombard's life that can't be found on wikipedia other than the in-depth recordings of her critical reviews.
Posted September 24, 2003
Prof. Gehring's elegant little volume is a welcome and long overdue bio-tribute to (in my opinion) the best thing ever to come out of Indiana. Carole Lombard was a truly innovative actress, one by whom the genre of 'screwball comedies' has come to be defined. Off-screen, her life was a trail-blazing example of all of the good parts of modern feminism. There is not an actress of the past 61 years who can hold a candle to her. I would definitely recommend this book to all those who wish to have a well-rounded idea of both the woman and the actress. It is written in a much more accessible manner than the 1975 biography 'Screwball' that was written by Larry Swindell. Not all of my favorite Lombardian tales are related in this book, but there are enough here to whet the appetite and inspire further research into this fascinating 20th Century (the century, not the film studio) personality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.