Isn't that a wonderful picture? It was shot during filming of "They Knew What They Wanted," probably on location in the Napa Valley, with Lombard in costume as her character, Ann. As she either waits in between takes or watches others in their scene, her intelligence is evident. And even in jeans, socks and shoes that are anything but glamorous, she exudes an aura that's both ethereal and genuine. As Garson Kanin, the director of "They Knew What They Wanted," wrote in his book "Hollywood," it was easy for anyone to understand why Clark Gable was crazy about her (even if his libido led him astray every now and then).
The photo was taken by Fred Hendrickson, a staff photographer at RKO for many years, although not as well known as fellow studio lensman Ernest Bachrach. Here's a photo of Hendrickson at work, photographing a young Joan Fontaine:
Hendrickson's image of Lombard is 6.5" x 7.5", in mint condition, with a stamp on the back, and is being auctioned at eBay. Bidding will expire at 12:34 p.m. (Eastern) Friday; one bid has currently been placed, for $14.99. If you're interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIG-PHOTO-BY-FRED-HENDRICKSON-1940-/350384292376?pt=Art_Photo_Images.
The same seller has another portrait of Carole available, a leggy swimsuit image we've seen before:
However, now we know two more things about it: the image is Paramount p1202-1227, meaning it was likely taken around 1935, and the photographer was Paramount staffer Bud Fraker (who worked into the 1950s and was best known for his images of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn). It's 8" x 10", in mint condition, and as of this writing, three bids have been placed, topping at $26.99. Bidding expires at 12:23 p.m. (Eastern) Friday.
Want to place a bid of your own? Then go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-LEGGY-PHOTO-BY-BUD-FRAKER-/350384290688?pt=Art_Photo_Images.