vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Get in the picture!

Among Carole Lombard's many legacies is having thousands of images of her preserved for posterity...and I'm not referring to the many frames of motion picture film she appeared in (not to mention the early and mid-1920s movie images now apparently lost). Rather, it's the many publicity photos taken of her -- more than 1,700 made at Paramount alone, and at least several hundred more for other studios, from Sennett and Pathe in the 1920s to RKO and United Artists in the early '40s before her career, and life, ended so tragically and abruptly.

So, I figured this would be a good time for members of this group -- who have done yeoman work over the past week in making this community truly a two-way street -- to respond once again.

Here's the premise: Post your three favorite Carole Lombard publicity stills; don't respond here, but rather post the photos as an entry of your own. (If you've never posted a photo at LiveJournal before, be assured the process is simple. You can post photos that either are in your computer or from another site -- although those of the latter will not be automatically resized, so try to avoid those that are too big or find them from another source.)

Moreover, for simplicity's sake, the photos must be of Carole alone, without another person or animal (perhaps we can do those categories another time). The images must be deemed safe for work, although I can't honestly think of any Lombard solo photo -- even her raciest ones -- that would violate such guidelines (unless there are some we don't know about).

That said, here are my three:

I simply adore this image, for to me it conveys the essence of Lombard -- beautiful, charming, full of life, genuinely sexy (with a shirt more unbuttoned than some prudes might like, but certainly nothing offensive). It explains why Carole was whom so many 1930s women wished they could be...and so many 1930s men wished they could be with. (Especially for a roll in the hay.)

It takes a lot to steer one's eyes away from Lombard's magnificent legs -- but that face, with its pensive inscrutability, manages to make the viewer do just that, as if she knows some incredible secret that you'll simply have to find out for yourself. That's as sexy as those glamorous gams. (And does anyone know what the p1202- number for this is? Due to sunlight in the lower right-hand corner, it's impossible to make out.)

This photo was taken at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in late 1934 when Lombard was shooting what would be her lone film there, "The Gay Bride." Perhaps she was contemplating what it would be like to get the MGM glamour treatment, which it did like no one else (no offense to Paramount), on a full-time basis. As we know, that didn't pan out, but Carole's confidence is nonetheless contagious.

Okay, those are my three. If you want to comment on them, do so below. If you have your own trio of favorite Lombard portraits, post an entry.

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