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Here comes the bride...to be

Posted by vp19 on 2011.04.02 at 01:24
Current mood: jubilantjubilant

Earlier this week, we noted the anniversary of Carole Lombard's marriage to Clark Gable. This entry's topic concerns Carole's first marriage, to another Hollywood legend...William Powell.

While Lombard and Powell had been a social pair for several months, by June 1931 talk that their teaming could take the ultimate step soared to new heights. And that month, the couple decided to do just that -- only to find the press had caught wind of their plans.

Acme Newspictures commemorated it with this photo:

Was Carole allowing the papers to see the gown she'd wed William in? Uh, not quite. Here's the bad of the photo, followed by a closeup of the snipe, shown in greyscale for clarity:

"Miss Lombard, who is seen above in an appropriate costume..." (Also love the reference to Powell as "the suave racketeer of the talkies.") And isn't it interesting that Lombard listed her "real" name as "Carole Jane Peters"? The "Carole" was played up for recognition, while the "Alice" in her birth name was shunted down the rabbit hole. (At least she listed her genuine age, not shaving off a year as was often done.)

Okay, so when was the shot of this "costume" taken? Well, since there's no p1202 number or other Paramount identification, it looks to be from a bit earlier -- Pathe, perhaps, since it issued several photos of Lombard in bridal wear. But in my search of Lombard Pathe pics or those from its top photographer, William E. Thomas, I find nothing comparable.

It's an attractive, demure portrait, nonetheless. And it's being auctioned at eBay.

The photo measures 6" x 8", is considered in good condition, and bids begin at $49.99 (no bids have been made as of this writing). Bidding closes at 8:17 p.m. (Eastern) next Friday. If you wish to place a bid, or just want to learn more about the photo, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/1931-Candid-Carole-Lombard-VINTAGE-PHOTO-w-Credit-949S-/380329211073?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588d6334c1.

Oh, and on June 26, 1931, four days after this was issued, Carole and Bill tied the knot, then celebrated with Lombard's brothers, Frederick and Stuart Peters:


lombardarchive at 2011-04-02 20:35 (UTC) (Link)
I believe that the bottom photo was actually taken on the occasion of brother Stuart's marriage to Rosemary (Zeiss? I cannot recall her maiden name, but it's something like that). Carole and Bill were in the wedding party. Rosemary is the charming blonde smiling at Stu, and wearing the appropriately huge corsage.

Is there a snipe on the back of this one?


Carole S.
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