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For Carole you came through, now on to round 2

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.02 at 08:50
Current mood: giddygiddy

History has not recorded whether Carole Lombard ever faced friend and fellow actress Ginger Rogers in tennis -- both were pretty good at it -- but in their latest competition, Carole prevailed in surprisingly convincing fashion.

Leading only 11-10 at one point, a second-day Lombard surge enabled the fourth-seeded star to conquer #13 seed Rogers, 35-18, in the first round of the March Madness challenge of silents and 1930s actresses at the "All Good Things" blog. Other opening-round battles went like this:

#1 Greta Garbo def. #16 Gloria Swanson, 26-22
#9 Myrna Loy def. #8 Jean Harlow, 36-13
#5 Marlene Dietrich def. #12 Mary Pickford, 34-12
#2 Barbara Stanwyck def. #15 Joan Crawford, 42-8
#10 Irene Dunne def. #7 Clara Bow, 28-13
#3 Norma Shearer def. #14 Marion Davies, 29-18
#5 Claudette Colbert def. #12 Louise Brooks, 40-8

Second-round action has just begun, and once again Carole is facing a leggy former studio cohort, this time from Paramount rather than RKO, in the form of Marlene Dietrich. Lombard once more needs your support, so go to http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com/ and vote. You again have two days to do it.

Other second-round battles pit Loy against another MGM rival, this one Greta Garbo; Barbara Stanwyck, fresh off a lopsided win over Joan Crawford, takes on Irene Dunne; and Norma Shearer, who outlasted scrappy Marion Davies, faces Claudette Colbert.

Also, a reminder that the Jean Harlow Blogathon is continuing (remember, tomorrow is Jean's actual centenary!), and among the contributors is Michelle Morgan, a longtime friend of "Carole & Co." who's currently working on a Clark Gable project. Find links to all the contributions at http://kittypackard.wordpress.com/.


Monty Hawes
Monty Hawes at 2011-03-02 17:53 (UTC) (Link)

Carole in the second round

Man, Carole is up big on Marlene early thru the midpoint of day one. Woo-hoo!
(Anonymous) at 2011-03-19 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
I found this site from a TCM Classic Film Union member, a fan of Lombard's, like me, and am sure glad I did! What a treasure trove! Especially the cottage for sale info and photos: what a find! It's so fun imagining her in L.A., back in the day. I'm a Cottage Girl myself, and love that she found one, too. I admire that they're maintaining it as much as it was as they can, even though you can see how she may have re-designed it later. Well, anyway, thanks for this monumental effort at the life of a monumental girl of the films, forever everyone's favorite. She was the best: Style, and humor! Just a gift of love, she was. Thank you! MichelleGabrielle
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