It's the spring of 1938, and Carole Lombard is the star of the hour following two hit movies, "Nothing Sacred" and "True Confession," not to mention a highly visible romance with the technically still-married Clark Gable. So it's no wonder she's sipping a soda and gracing the cover of that May's issue of Modern Screen.
While there are no stories specifically focusing on Carole, she figures prominently throughout the magazine. Take, for example, this story, entitled "Glamor For Rent":
A yearning for the "good old days" when things supposedly were better is part of human nature (if it wasn't, there's a good chance this blog might not exist), and it applies to nearly all endeavors. (For example, complaints in the press about the decline of baseball date back to the 19th century!) So it is here, as writer Caroline Somers Hoyt decries the decline of good old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, of which Lombard was among the primary proponents...and now she milked cows on her ranch rather than throwing lavish parties.
However, Carole wasn't a recluse -- she continued to enjoy nightlife. Witness this photo of her (love that smile!) and Gable:
It accompanies a column of gossipy briefs, which included a few Lombard tidbits:
Carole, or films she made, played an integral part of the "Between You 'n' Me" letters column:
The last letter discussed "Nothing Sacred"; in choosing some of the best performances of 1937, Modern Screen went with Carole's other recent picture:
Yes, Lombard was riding high -- but thanks to a cinematic bucking bronco from Burbank, that wouldn't last long:
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