August 5th, 2009

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Carole Lombard, godmother

Imagine having Carole Lombard as your godmother. For one man, that is indeed a reality.

His name is Richard Lang, son of director Walter Lang, shown below (who directed a number of musicals for 20th Century-Fox, such as "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "The King And I," as well as Lombard's own "Love Before Breakfast" for Universal) and Madalynne Fields, Carole's old friend from Mack Sennett days and later her personal secretary.

She and Lang married in 1937, and later had a son, Richard; Carole was named his godmother.

Like his father, he became a director; most of Richard's work came in TV, where he directed episodes of series ranging from "Julia" (the groundbreaking late-sixties sitcom starring Diahann Carroll), "Charlie's Angels," "Jake And The Fatman" (starring William Conrad, perhaps best known as Marshall Dillon on the classic radio version of "Gunsmoke"), and later "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place." His last credit, according to the Internet Movie Database, came in 1997, so I assume he's at least semi-retired from the industry.

Both his parents lived to see him gain some success in the business, as Walter Lang died in February 1972 and Madalynne Fields Lang died some 2 1/2 years later.
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