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Heaven is a place on...St. Cloud Road

Ideas for entries at "Carole & Co." often occur in roundabout ways. Yesterday, I was driving to work when a local radio station played "I Feel Free," a relatively obscure song by Cream (and one most "classic rock" stations today, with their extremely limited playlists, wouldn't touch). It got me thinking about, of all people, Belinda Carlisle. Why? Because the one-time Go-Go's singer did a version of it (and a pretty good one, too) on her album "Heaven On Earth."



And, believe it or not, Belinda Carlisle has something in common with Carole Lombard -- this residence:



It's at 609 St. Cloud Road in Beverly Hills, and is where Lombard lived from 1936 until she married Clark Gable and moved to Encino three years later. While her previous reaidence on Hollywood Boulevard is more celebrated because of the parties she gave there and its higher visibility (the St. Cloud house was relatively secluded, enabling her more privacy with Gable), this place, which she nicknamed "the farm," is where Carole called home at her peak of popularity. (Lombard rented it to Alfred Hitchcock after she moved out.)

Carlisle and husband Morgan Mason (son of actor James Mason) moved there in 1989, and supposedly Carole's foot and handprints can be seen in concrete in the kitchen. That's from a 1992 People magazine story on Carlisle (http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20111749,00.html).

I don't believe Carlisle lives there anymore, as the house was put on the market in 2007, and was still available in the fall of 2008 after the real estate market bubble burst. Incidentally, I believe she's coming out with an autobiography this year, and let's hope it includes some more photos, and stories, about the house.

Here's Belinda doing "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," one of her best records (and one of my favorites), live on an Asian TV show in the late 1980s.



By the way, I'm probably going to be away from a computer the next day or two, so this would be a good a time as any to come up with your own Lombard-related entries.
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