Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow were both fans of Max Factor and his cosmetic genius, but soon they may have something else in common with him, or should we say his former headquarters:
The Hollywood Museum, located in the fabled Max Factor building on North Highland Avenue, is currently home to an exhibit honoring Jean Harlow (and nearing its first anniversary there):
And from the curator who brought you that, how about...this? I'll let Darrell Rooney explain what I'm talking about:
2012 marks a poignant anniversary of sorts for Carole Lombard. She was an extraordinary talent and very original comedienne who brought great happiness to the struggles of the 1930s. With the ongoing success of "Harlow at 100" at The Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, which I curated, I've asked the owner if she'd like a Lombard exhibit. She jumped at the opportunity. Since I am not personally a Lombard collector, I am turning to all of you for help. If I can get collectors to lend personal artifacts, clothing and/or movie costumes you will all make this an enormous success. What I'm looking for are Lombard items with accompanying photos, or personal correspondence, letters, items, etc. that illuminate who this wonderful person was, and highlights her brilliant career. Anything that anyone thinks might be a profound addition to a Lombard exhibit is most welcome. I will assist in curating the exhibit along with Steve Nycklemoe, who is the general manager of The Hollywood Museum. I can guarantee the utmost safety and care with each item, so don't let that worry you. It will be done with taste and class. Please let me know if there is anything you would be willing to loan for a period of at least 6 months. Details will be ironed out in the next week or so. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions or scans of items you have that you'd be open to loan for the exhibit.
That's right -- a Carole Lombard exhibit at The Hollywood Museum! Wouldn't that be wonderful?
However, it must be emphasized there is a journey from "wishing" to "being," and Rooney estimates about 40 to 50 pieces are needed to make this exhibit a reality. If you own Lombard-related memorabilia, get in touch with Darrell at the email above.
The Harlow exhibit has been a huge success, as was one on Carole's fellow friend Lucille Ball, and an exhibit dedicated to Lombard -- a beloved star whose timelessness enraptures modern audiences -- would be similarly successful. And you can help make it happen.
For more on the venue, visit http://thehollywoodmuseum.com.