"The Gay Bride" wasn't much of a movie, but this Clarence Sinclair Bull portrait of Carole Lombard in a tight-fitting gown is nothing sort of sensational. Lombard certainly ranked among the screen's great beauties in her time, but how does she rate against stars of different eras? Fairly well, according to a survey of Hollywood types.
This apparently is from a supermarket tabloid (don't know which one, but it may be the National Enquirer). I'm not certain when this ran, but I'm guessing it was 1983 at the latest -- one of the five "panelists," photographer Tom Kelley Sr., died in January 1984. Others included portrait legend George Hurrell, veteran publicist Tony Habeeb, screenwriter DeWitt Bodeen and famed makeup artist Frank Westmore.
Only one actress made all five lists...
...the ethereal sphinx of the screen, Greta Garbo. Two others were selected by four of the five, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor. Three chose Dolores Del Rio, while Lombard made two lists (so did Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh and Marilyn Monroe). Pretty heady company to be in.
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