vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Career? Colorful. Illustrations? Black and white.

After Carole Lombard was featured on the cover of Screenland magazine's October 1935 issue, it certainly wasn't going to give her the honor in successive months. (If '30s-style movie monthly fan magazines were around today, I'm not sure even Jennifer Aniston would warrant such treatment.) No, the November '35 cover subject, also done by Charles Gates Sheldon, was none other than Greta Garbo:

But that didn't mean that Carole couldn't be covered inside, and indeed she was -- in a black-and-white story titled "Carole's Colorful Career." It was written by Elizabeth Wilson, one of Lombard's closest friends in the Hollywood press (she wrote about a dozen fan magazine pieces on her between 1934 and 1942, the last of which had gone to press shortly before Carole's death).

The "merry, mad adventures of the screen's most dazzling blonde" featured a current picture of Carole and two from the late 1920s. It's difficult to read, but Wilson does say Lombard is the type who could attend a Philharmonic concert and then, instead of heading home for sleep, go to an off-color Minsky's burlesque revue.

While the facing page has no Lombard ties per se, it is one of the earliest fan magazine stories about an actress who's still with us -- Olivia de Havilland, fresh off her triumph in Warners' "A Midsummer Night's Dream":

This issue of Screenland also features on Clark Gable (several months before he was romantically linked to Lombard) and Carole's 1920s dancing rival Joan Crawford...

...and photo spreads of Katharine Hepburn, Lawrence Tibbett, Ronald Colman and William Powell:

According to the seller, the magazine is "Very displayable. Very nice cond. Vibrant coloring. Some mild overall wear. Some mild edgewear. Crease on rt corners. Some bleeding on the word Screenland. Small blinding splits on upper & lower edges." There is also another image of Carole, presumably on or opposite the page the story jumps to.

This magazine is being sold (not up for auction) for $35. You can find out more information by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/GRETA-GARBO-SCREENLAND-MAGAZINE-1935-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-/110794705304?pt=Magazines&hash=item19cbe10998.

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