May 7th, 2013

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Just what's so gay about being a divorcee?

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Life after divorce seemed so easy for Carole Lombard. It was an amicable one, and some were predicting that she and William Powell would soon get back together. (Both of them knew better, of course.) But a year after the split, Carole told a fan magazine that life as a divorcee was no bed of roses:

carole lombard hollywood magazine september 1934a
carole lombard hollywood magazine september 1934b

Alas, we don't have the entire story, from the September 1934 issue of Hollywood magazine...but someone can get it by winning the magazine at auction. It's got some other goodies, too, like a Jean Harlow cover in which her fabled platinum hair might seem a bit too platinum...

jean harlow hollywood magazine september 1934

...while she and Mae West debate the value of "holding your man." They each have different perspectives on the topic, no surprise since West was nearly two decades older than Harlow:

hollywood magazine september 1934a jean harlow mae west

And how about this "date"? Baby Leroy gets sociable with Shirley Temple, Lombard's co-star in "Now And Forever":

hollywood magazine september 1934a baby leroy shirley temple

As of this writing, one bid has been made, for $25. Bidding closes at 8:45 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Interested? Find out more at

Lombard and light link up in our latest LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-81.

Oh, and one more thing: I'll be on vacation for several days, so you folks are more than welcome to contribute your own entries.
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