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carole lombard

For Valentine's Day, a jewel from Jean

Posted by vp19 on 2011.02.14 at 11:38
Current mood: lovedloved

Carole Lombard may not have been as obsessed with jewelry as some other actresses of her day, but she certainly understood its importance as an accessory for milady's wardrobe. She proves it in this color photo which was part of a 1940 advertisement for 1847 Rogers Bros. cutlery. (The company sponsored the CBS radio series "Silver Theater," where Carole appeared several times.)

Another actress aided by jewelry was Lombard's friend, Jean Harlow; one of the places she made it evident was in the 1936 comedy "Libeled Lady." While Jean's character, Gladys, isn't particularly well off (not compared to Myrna Loy's heiress character, at least, although Gladys does have a maid), she evidently recognizes and appreciates its value, as this still from the film makes clear:

To further illustrate, a close-up of Harlow with Spencer Tracy; note the brooch on Jean's dress (as well as the radio and other decor from MGM's crack set design staff):

That brooch was on display this past weekend at a memorabilia show in Burbank, Calif., and thanks to the people at the wonderful Jean Harlow Yahoo! group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeanharlow/), here's a color photo of that splendid accessory. Double-click on it to see it at several times larger than life-size; at that gargantuan scale, you can appreciate its delicate beauty:

I am not sure whether this was personally owned by Harlow or was part of MGM's accessories department. I do know its current owners aren't selling it, but merely exhibited it over the weekend.

To close this entry, a natural for today: the Rodgers and Hart standard, "My Funny Valentine." I was looking for Elvis Costello's stunning acoustic version, with no luck, but I think you'll like this one. It's the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer, from "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (with Beau and Jeff Bridges), featuring assorted clips from that fine film. A happy Valentine's Day to all.


(Anonymous) at 2011-02-14 18:59 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Valentine's Day, Vince. I discovered your blog about 6 months after you started it. Can't tell you how much I appreciate all your hard work!
caroleirene at 2011-02-14 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
What a BEAUTY! Sometimes when you watch a black and white film, you never think about how the people and things in the film would look like in color. Can you imagine that stunner on the very stunning Harlow in color? Great post!
caroleirene at 2011-02-14 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I also forgot to add that the clips Lombard is wearing on her suit in the first photo are the famous ruby clips Clark gave her for her last Christmas present. She was wearing them on her fatal plane crash, and the fragments of the clip helped identify her body.
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