August 12th, 2009

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In the 'quintessential' winner's circle

We know Carole Lombard is a winner -- and now we have demonstrable proof. (Above is Seabiscuit, one of the all-time great racehorses, and one Lombard probably saw race, posting a win at Santa Anita in 1937.)

The "Hollywood Dreamland" blog recently asked its readers to name the quintessential actress of the 1930s. Eight names were listed (though several deserving candidates, such as Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert and Irene Dunne were omitted, presumably for lack of space), and Lombard not only won, but won going away.

Carole Lombard, 29 votes, 26%
Bette Davis, 18 votes, 16%
Jean Harlow, 16 votes, 14%
Myrna Loy and Ginger Rogers, 14 votes each, 12%
Katharine Hepburn, 7 votes, 6%
Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, 6 votes each, 5%

Note the gap between Lombard and second-place Davis was only one vote less than that between Davis and the two seventh-place finishers, Crawford and Garbo.

I've been credited for being a good "campaign manager" for Carole, and perhaps some of the votes for her can be directly attributed to this site. But Lombard's life, work and personality speaks for itself.

For more on this poll -- whose 110 votes represented a record for that blog -- go to And if you voted for her, thanks.

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