June 14th, 2008

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A fan magazine memory

In the year that this community has been in operation, we've often discussed coverage of Carole Lombard in the Hollywood fan magazines. Here's an example, but it's a little different. For one thing, it wasn't written during Lombard's lifetime -- but neither was it a "memorial" piece composed soon after her death. Instead, it came out many years after Lombard's passing, when thanks to television packaging of old movies, a new generation of film buffs was discovering her magic.

To be fair, the article wasn't expressly about her; it dealt with "Clark Gable's Haunted Love Life," and while Gable was now in the post-MGM phase of his career, he remained one of Hollywood's notables.

The magazine was Silver Screen, specifically the August 1955 issue. Janet Leigh was on the cover:

A headline said, "In Carole Lombard, Gable found the perfect mate. Full of life and impudence, her memory is still revered by The King." There are a few nice pictures of her and Gable, too:

If this is of interest to you, good news: the magazine is on auction at eBay, and bidding will continue through Thursday. Find it at http://cgi.ebay.com/SILVER-SCREEN-JANET-LEIGH-MARILYN-MONROE-CAROLE-LOMBARD_W0QQitemZ360061095253QQihZ023QQcategoryZ280QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.
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