November 23rd, 2018

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An ill-fated duo, together for the first time?



This photo, taken at a polo match in the early '30s, shows Carole Lombard, Will Rogers and Leslie Howard, all of whom would die in aviation accidents -- Rogers in 1935, Lombard in 1942, Howard in 1943. Another pic showing Carole with an ill-fated star may have surfaced.



Thelma Todd was a beloved and beautiful comic actress, although most of her success came in short subjects with the likes of Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly and sometimes in support of Laurel & Hardy and the Marx Brothers. She died in December 1935, apparently via foul play. But did she ever meet or know Lombard? We've long been unsure, although G.D. Hamann, whose classic Hollywood research is sorely missed, found they both attended a social event in the late 1920s.

Now we may have proof they met.



This photo, taken on the boardwalk (Venice Beach?), apparently shows Lombard standing while Todd is seated (that's definitely her). Next to Carole is dancer/actor (and future U.S. senator) George Murphy.

It's a remarkable find if accurate -- 8" x 10" with wide borders, in fine condition.

Check it out and judge for yourself at https://www.ebay.com/itm/THELMA-TODD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GEORGE-MURPHY-vintage-30s-pre-code-proof-photo/372482669366?hash=item56b9b27b36:g:ZrcAAOSwRbJb05Sn:rk:28:pf:0. Bidding begins at $34.50, and the auction ends at 2:55 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Sunday (Dec. 2).
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