Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado

Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado


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Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.