vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Something new to report

When Carole Lombard married William Powell in late June 1931, they immediately celebrated by going on their honeymoon, traveling by ship to Hawaii. Legend has it that after reaching the mid-Pacific paradise, Lombard wired a friend of hers, "Nothing new to report."

Some have viewed that remark as a rather pithy comment on Powell's approach to intimacy (remember that he was more than a decade and a half older than his bride). More likely, it was Carole's way of disguising her rather shaky health now that she was a newlywed. Lombard -- always a contradiction in that she was active and athletic, yet often laid low by illness -- had apparently caught some sort of malady (possibly food poisoning, perhaps the flu) that kept her Hawaiian fun to a minimum.

With that in mind, I'd like to present an artifact of that honeymoon that I only recently discovered -- a rare photograph of Lombard and Powell. Each are wearing leis, so there's a good chance that it was taken soon after they had arrived in Hawaii, with the bride's medical troubles yet to come:

This was one of many pictures in a scrapbook of celebrities visiting Hawaii during the 1930s -- most of them film stars, but also including a few shots of Franklin D. Roosevelt (I'm not sure whether they were taken before or after he became president -- we know he wasn't campaigning in Hawaii, because it wouldn't become a state until 1959). Lombard was listed as "Carol" in the scrapbook, several months after she had adopted the "e"; she was far less established than Powell, still perceived as a budding star.

You can find these pix at "Give Me The Good Old Days!" ) http://www.elbrendel.com/2009/01/hollywood-in-hawaii.html), at a site that describes itself as "A blog about El Brendel, old film, and any other s--- I feel like writing about." (El Brendel was a comic actor in early talkies known for speaking in a mock Swedish dialect, though I don't believe he himself was actually Swedish. His best-known film is probably the 1930 sci-fi musical -- yes, you read that correctly -- "Just Imagine.")

A great find, and a nice addition to our collection of Lombardiana.

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