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Early reflections, plus a 'castle' at night

Posted by vp19 on 2011.02.22 at 00:22
Current mood: artisticartistic

Mirrors were often a part of Carole Lombard's photo shoots, enabling multiple angles of what she was wearing (and multiple Caroles as well!). This photo is Paramount p1202-712, probably taken around 1934.

I bring this up because I just came across what may be the first photo -- from Paramount, at least -- showing Lombard with a mirror. It's p1202-51, probably taken in mid- to late 1930:

It's a rather striking image of Lombard next to a planter; I have no idea who took it, though I would guess it was Otto Dyar, the studio's head photographer at the time. The photo was probably taken from above, at an angle where the camera could not be seen, so the actual Lombard is the one on the bottom.

The photo is 8" x 10", struck from the original negative, and can be yours for $14.99. If interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-8x10-Photo-D6-/120680433041?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c191d4591.

In the past, I've often raved about Hearst Castle at San Simeon, where the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst built an incredible palace over more than two decades...a place Lombard visited on several occasions thanks to her good friend Marion Davies. I've toured the "ranch," but here's a whole new take on the place -- highlights from one of the nighttime tours. Early on in this, you'll see the famous outdoor pool at dusk, and it looks spectacular. Then, you'll go inside, get a feel for what the guest rooms were like come evening time, and even see some of the docents dressed in 1930s wear. You can imagine what it was like when Davies and Hearst entertained everyone from Lombard to George Bernard Shaw.


caroleirene at 2011-02-22 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
The Lombard mirror portraits are fantastic! There are some in which there are up to four Lombards in the picture. I think she's the only person that anyone would want to be duplicated. :)

When I go to Hollywood in April, I'm so touring San Simeon at night. Thanks for giving me that idea!
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