vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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"...and I approved this message."

For the next few months, Americans won't be hearing the above title phrase on their radios and televisions. That's because the campaign is finally over, and citizens at last can go to the polls. (Actually, many have already gone, as quite a few states now permit voting in advance -- and people have been doing it in record numbers.)

It's been a long, drawn-out process -- and it will result in the top level of the executive branch no longer being the exclusive domain of white males. Today, a black man could be elected president, or a woman may be elected vice president. No matter where you stand, or whom you back, this will be historic.

Carole Lombard was politically active throughout her brief life, a trait she probably inherited from her mother. (And keep in mind that until 1920, women couldn't vote in many states.) Since the voting age was 21 during Lombard's time, her first vote for president didn't come until 1932. Chances are that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only candidate she ever voted for; we do know that she was an enthusiastic supporter of FDR in 1940, going so far as to place a Roosevelt bumper sticker on the automobile of noted Republican Robert Montgomery while they were shooting "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." A few weeks after Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term, Lombard and husband Clark Gable watched FDR deliver one of his "fireside chats" while they were visiting Washington(http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/73489.html).

Speaking of presidents, it's possible Carole met two other future occupants of the White House. She may have crossed paths with Ronald Reagan in 1938, when Lombard was shooting "Fools For Scandal" at Warners, Reagan's home studio, but I've never heard of any meeting. And while it's also possible that Lombard may have met a pre-teen John F. Kennedy in the late 1920s since his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, ran Pathe studios, it's a longshot at best.

So if you're an American citizen, go to the polls and exercise your constitutional duty:

Need more prodding? Here are reminders from two of the more striking brunettes of the 1940s. To vote, you have to register (let's hope you did that); here's a 1946 photo of Amazonian six-foot starlet Dorothy Ford, who appeared in such films as "Love Laughs At Andy Hardy," the John Wayne western "Three Godfathers" and the Abbott & Costello "Jack And The Beanstalk," registering to vote in Los Angeles:

And here's a charming reminder from a far more recognizable actress who's also still with us, the great Jane Russell:

I had never seen the Russell photo until a few hours ago and figured if a few other sites are using it, so can I -- it is for a good cause, after all.

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