October 6th, 2008

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Happy 100th, Carole!

This is the day so many of us have been waiting for -- Oct. 6, 2008. It was 100 years ago today, in a house on Rockhill Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., that a girl named Jane Alice Peters was born. She would gain fame as an actress named Carole Lombard, becoming renowned not only for her beauty, and her artistry on screen, but her genuine sense of humor, keen intelligence and generous nature. Few personalities during Hollywood's Golden Age were more beloved.

And so we celebrate the centennial of her birth; as of a few weeks ago, she's now been gone for as twice as long as she lived. I was just thinking of people she worked with who actually reached the century mark, and I could come up with three: George Burns, who with wife Gracie Allen had a supporting comedic role in "We're Not Dressing"; Charles Lane, the durable character actor who appeared in "Twentieth Century" (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/9624.html); and Bob Hope, who never made a film with Carole but co-starred with her in a "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/4082.html). All three centenarians were men, which sort of runs counter to actuarial tables -- if there's a woman Carole worked with who reached 100, please let me know.

Okay, so the above is actually a cake honoring Carole and Clark Gable's first anniversary, but for our purposes, we'll call it a birthday cake. I'm sure many of you will celebrate tonight by watching several of her films on Turner Classic Movies, kicking off her time as "Star of the Month." I know a few folks who are in Fort Wayne, at the house where she was born (now a bed and breakfast), and I'm certain Lombard's spirit is there, too.

What else is there to say, other than we send our love her way? I'll let you comment...tell us what Carole has meant to you, and give her your best wishes. Look upon it as your birthday present to a wonderfully timeless lady.
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