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Get ready for the Carole-tennial(+3) blogathon!

Posted by vp19 on 2011.07.18 at 01:23
Current mood: excitedexcited

We have some big news to report for Carole Lombard fans, bigger than the premature end of that mountain-turned-molehill called "Carmageddon." (I trust Los Angelenos enjoyed using mass transit. Ride it more often, will you?) The big news is this: "Carole & Co." is planning its first-ever blogathon!

We're calling it the "Carole-tennial(+3)" in honor of the 103rd anniversary of Lombard's birth Oct. 6. This year, that date falls on a Thursday, so to give everyone an opportunity to contribute, the blogathon will run from Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 9.

What's there to blog? Virtually anything related to Carole, her life or career. Want to examine one of her movies in detail? Fine. Is there something related to her life that you'd wish to write about? Go for it. Or perhaps you have a blog that focuses on a particular star or director; if so, discuss Lombard's interaction with (or influence on) said person. That's the angle I've taken when participating in others' blogathons, such as the one for Jean Harlow's centenary earlier this year (or the one for Lucille Ball's centenary coming up next month). I've also taken part in blogathons on Alfred Hitchcock and films of 1939.

If you wish to participate -- and I hope you will, these things are great fun -- here are some ground rules: Drop me a line at vp19@livejournal.com and tell me what you want to write about and which day you wish to write it. (We would like to have a reasonably even flow of entries over the four-day period.) If for some reason you come up with an idea for an entry someone already has claimed, perhaps we can find a way to either change it slightly or come up with an alternative that's equally acceptable. Remember, you've got nearly three months to think of something.

To help spread the word about "Carole-tennial(+3)" (and promote what I hope will be your participation in it), here are five banners I've created in honor of the occasion:

We eagerly await your participation in the "Carole-tennial(+3)," as we collectively honor one of classic Hollywood's best-loved stars.

This week's header shows Lombard early in her Pathe career (it's CL-18), probably nearing the end of teenhood, in a photo that almost certainly was taken by the studio's William E. Thomas.


caroleirene at 2011-07-19 12:03 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so excited! You bet I'm going to participate, and I already have so many ideas, I just need to narrow it down!
(Anonymous) at 2011-07-20 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
Count me in. Thank you for inviting me. Dawn from Noir and Chick Flicks.
(Anonymous) at 2011-07-21 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Sure, I'm in.

~Anna, Defiant Success
Kevyn Knox
Kevyn Knox at 2011-08-02 03:01 (UTC) (Link)
This sounds like great fun indeed. If you will have me, you can count in The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World.
vp19 at 2011-09-02 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Go for it! (Interesting blog title, insomuch as Lombard played a number of "frauds" over the years -- think "The Princess Comes Across" and "Nothing Sacred" for starters...)
beautybysandra at 2015-08-21 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
What a blog. I feel like I'm in the 70s.
(Anonymous) at 2011-09-02 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to participate over at vivandlarry.com (http://www.vivandlarry.com). Count me in for October 7. I haven't thought of a topic yet but I'm thinking it will include a lot of photos.

vp19 at 2011-09-02 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Looking forward to your contribution!
(Anonymous) at 2011-09-03 11:25 (UTC) (Link)

Carole as role model


I just sent you an email but I would love to take part. My only idea is to talk of how I came to discover Carole and why it was love at first comic gag.
I'm an absolute newbie at the whole blogging thing but would love to participate and would love to advertise the blogathon on my blog..What do you reckon?


vp19 at 2011-09-03 11:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Carole as role model

Discovering Carole? That's a fine approach with me! Go for it, and I eagerly await your story.
(Anonymous) at 2011-09-04 21:40 (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to participate over at Waitin' On a Sunny Day, if you'll have me :) I think I'll probably write about how I discovered her or why I think she's one of the most wonderful actresses out there, if that sounds OK? :D
vp19 at 2011-09-05 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
We would be thrilled to have you participate, and that's a fine topic; everyone has a different story about discovering Carole. We'd love to hear yours!
(Anonymous) at 2011-09-11 20:06 (UTC) (Link)

1927 Fairfax Annual

Hey Folks, forgive my lack of knowledge on these boards, I hope I'm not jumpin in outta place.

I just got the 1927 Fairfax annual - the high school Jane Alice Peters was said to graduate from, however I cannot find her in there, not the ceremony program. I was hoping maybe there was just some other name I don't know of she might be under? Some of the uncredited photos she might be in, however they are very small. She had already been in 11? films by the year she was said to graduate, so I'm not sure she had much time for school. It would be a great find if she is in here though.

Any tips? Please advise!
vp19 at 2011-09-12 02:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1927 Fairfax Annual

From what I know, she left Fairfax sometime in early 1925, and by 1927 probably had few ties to the school other than knowing several classmates. Also, keep in mind she was recovering from the 1926 automobile accident.

Great find, though. It might provide some feel for what the school was like when she did attend.
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