I regularly check out an IMDb board called "Classic Film," and one of the threads dealt with "Hollywood then and now," wondering whether films and stars of today are intrisically different from their Golden Age counterparts. (Personally, I say yes to the former, no to the latter. Movies today are marketed quite differently than they were then, tailored for specific rather than general audiences. As for today's stars versus those of yesteryear, well, human nature hasn't changed. One doubts the percentage of angels and scoundrels is all that different in 2007 than it was in 1937 or 1967.)
Anyway, this came up during the thread (http://us.imdb.com/board/bd0000010/flat/87688813?p=1), discussing whether today's stars are as memorable as those of the Golden Age:
Even take someone much more famous, like Carole Lombard: on a recent episode of "Jeopardy!," three contestants, all of whom could have answered any question about 18th Century Spanish opera, couldn't identify her when shown a picture! Any poster here, including myself, would probably call her a legend, but indeed she is anything but. She even had the benefit of dying tragically as a young beauty, but who remembers her besides a few dorks on a message board?
Aside from the self-deprecating humor (unless he or she believes we really are dorks!), it points out why sites like this are important -- to keep the memory and interest in that era's films (and in this case, one particular artist) alive. As time goes on, the number of people who saw Carole Lombard films during their initial theatrical run diminishes steadily; the number of those who actually worked with or knew her dwindles further still. This site helps gather those of us who admire Lombard as an artist, and as a person.
But now, my interest was piqued. When did this air? Was the Lombard "answer" part of regular "Jeopardy!" or "Final Jeopardy!" (cue the music). I checked a marvelous resource, the J! Archieve, a site run by fans of the show (http://www.j-archive.com/) It contains more than 112,000 items since the show was revived in 1984. The archive lets you search for items, too. A search for Carole Lombard -- whether in the "answer" or as the correct "question" -- brought up 12 responses. However, the most recent listing was Dec. 9, 2005. (It's possible this most recent example cited above hasn't been archived yet.)
Anyway, here are the 12 listed times Carole has been used as some sort of "Jeopardy!" clue (the # refers to the number episode)...
#4890, aired 2005-12-09 ENTERTAINING JOHNS $1600: This actor played an impresario who turns Carole Lombard into a star in the 1934 film "Twentieth Century"
#4837, aired 2005-09-27 CLARK GABLE $400: "They had more than love--they had fun" was the tagline for the 1976 biopic about Gable's romance with her
#4560, aired 2004-06-04 GONE WITH THE WIND $800: When this actor's divorce came through during filming, he used one of his days off to elope with Carole Lombard
#3838, aired 2001-04-18 HOLLYWOOD $500: Seen here, this actress was at the peak of her popularity when she was killed in a plane crash in 1942
#3675, aired 2000-07-21 OLD HAT $200: Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard in booth 54 of this old Hollywood landmark
#3272, aired 1998-11-24 BIRTHPLACES $1000: This glamourous blonde star of 1936's "My Man Godfrey" was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana
#3218, aired 1998-09-09 CLASSIC CINEMA $400 (Daily Double): This actress seen here emerged as a comic star in 1934's "Twentieth Century"
#3064, aired 1997-12-18 ACTORS & ACTRESSES $400: Clark Gable co-starred with her in "No Man Of Her Own" in 1932 & married her a few years later
#2979, aired 1997-07-10 ACTOR-DIRECTORS $600: Penny Marshall's real first name is Carole; she was named for this film star of the 1930s
#2355, aired 1994-11-25 CELEBRITY MARRIAGES $300: Clark Gable's short but happy marriage to this actress ended with her death in a 1942 plane crash
#1886, aired 1992-11-16 HITCHCOCK'S BLONDES $300: She was Mrs. Clark Gable when she starred in Hitchcock's comedy "Mr. And Mrs. Smith"
#9, aired 1984-09-20 TRIVIA $500: Awarded medal as "1st woman to be killed in action" in WWII: she was Gable's wife
And remember, contestants, please give your response in the form of a question.