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Carole in early 'Times,' part 4



Wait, there's more! As in more early Carole Lombard stories from the files of the Los Angeles Times, and by "early," we mean up to 1927; the portrait above was used to promote the Mack Sennett comedy "The Girl From Everywhere," released in December of '27. William Drew uncovered a few more items hitherto unknown...perhaps because they don't refer to Lombard, but to "Jane Peters."

First, we'll examine the Times of July 24, 1927, and a lengthy column called "Society of Cinemaland" by a Myra Nye:




The days of people in the film industry being treated as second-class citizens by the leading lights of Los Angeles had long since passed; the movies meant too much to the city's economy and self-esteem.

It makes a good read, providing an idea of how Hollywood and society intersected, even if many of the names won't be familiar unless you regularly watch "Silent Sunday Nights" on Turner Classic Movies. But in case you don't have the time -- or the inclination -- to read the entire story, we'll isolate the relevant stuff:



The previous Sunday (July 17), a reception was held to bid farewell to the Duncan sisters, one of vaudeville's premier acts:



Some of the notables on hand included Dolores Del Rio and her husband, Louella Parsons, Lloyd Pantages of theater fame, Claire Windsor, Lois Moran and "Jane Peters." (Why was she listed by that name here? Perhaps at the time, she had been out of the business for so long -- more than a year, which by 1920s standards was a virtual eternity -- that she had been forgotten professionally.) Perhaps Carole, who still had many friends in the industry, was trying to "network" and land another film contract.

In the Feb. 4, 1925 Times story in which "Carole Lombard" made her debut in the paper, she was referred to as Jane Peters, a "society girl." And slightly more than two months earlier -- Nov. 30, 1924 -- that "society girl" had been listed in the Times, as part of an even longer society roundup; we'll show only the cogent item:



So we learn that Jane Peters, who had turned 16 the month before, was maid of honor at a wedding on Friday, Nov. 28, and that she wore a gown "of soft ping [pink?] crepe with trimming of crystals and rhinestones and she carried an arm shower of Ophelia roses and ferns." I have no idea of the Peters family's ties to bride Ursula E. Barker or groom Eugene E. Silver.

Incidentally, a few months before this ran, specifically on Sept. 7, 1924, the Times society column mentioned someone else who would gain fame in the following decade:



Not sure who we mean? Again, let's isolate, focusing on the bottom of the first column and the top of the second one:



"Miss Harlean Carpenter" would make a name for herself a few years later, signing with Hal Roach in 1929 and taking her mother's name...Jean Harlow:



Also note this week's header, a straight-on head shot of Carole from the mid-thirties.
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