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Mothers and movie stars

Posted by vp19 on 2011.05.08 at 01:23
Current mood: lovedloved

That's Carole Lombard in August 1933, being welcomed home by her mother, Bess Peters, after Carole's return to California following her divorce from William Powell. (Lombard established Nevada residency for six weeks in order to qualify for a divorce.) With Carole is noted aviator Roscoe Turner, who had flown her back from Nevada.

As you might guess, we're running that photo in honor of Mother's Day. And while we're at it, how about some images of other stars from that era with their mothers?

We'll start with Jean Harlow and her mom (who actually was named Jean Harlow; her daughter was christened Harlean Carpenter, and decided to use mom's moniker as a movie stage name):

Here's a mother-and-daughter pose of one of Lombard's Paramount stablemates, Claudette Colbert and her mom, Jeanne Loew Chauchoin, a pastry cook:

One of Hollywood's best-known mother-daughter combos was Ginger Rogers with her mom, Lela:

Finally, Bette Davis and her mother, Ruth Augusta Davis:

The happiest of Mother's Day to you -- and to your mother.


movieclassics.wordpress.com at 2011-05-08 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
It's not Mother's Day in the UK, but I enjoyed this posting and the great photos you found. The one of Claudette Colbert and her mother is lovely. Judy
cinemafan2 at 2011-05-09 02:23 (UTC) (Link)

Looks can be deceiving...

Claudette was very close to her mother. She was so close that her mother wouldn't let her first husband, the actor Norman Foster into her house. (Claudette lived with her mother!) They divorced in 1935 and Foster married Sally Blane, Loretta Young's older sister. The had a happy marriage and a beautiful family. Sally, like Loretta was Catholic, so I assume Foster and Colbert's marriage was never consumated. Talk about "Mommie Dearest...."

Edited at 2011-05-09 02:24 am (UTC)
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