That's the latest banner to remind Carole Lombard fans to vote for her, the top seed, against second-seeded Myrna Loy in the upcoming final of the "Funny Ladies" division of the Silents/1930s bracket of the 2012 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney. (Expect the polls to open late tonight or early Thursday; the other final, "Singers/Dancers," will pit #1 Irene Dunne, who's been putting away opponents by frightful margins, against #3 Ginger Rogers.)
This is a rematch of sorts, since Lombard conquered Loy 59-41 in the tourney a year ago; at that time, total votes were limited to 100. But that was last year, and Team Carole will have to show the same tenacity it did by helping Lombard rally to edge Jean Arthur, 80-78, in last week's match.
Next week, the "Funny Ladies" champ will take on the "Tough Broads/Pre-Code Babes" winner -- and right now, that final is proving to be every bit as epic as the Lombard-Arthur match, especially considering the "combatants" were actually longtime friends in real life. As of 9 a.m. (Eastern), #3 Joan Crawford has a narrow 66-64 edge over #1 Barbara Stanwyck; this one looks as if it will go down to the wire.
In the other final, "They Had Faces," top seed Greta Garbo has things more in hand, leading #6 Gloria Swanson, 73-41. Cast your ballot while there's still time at http://mythicalmonkey.blogspot.com.
In the other three divisions:
#5 Gene Tierney 44, #3 Lauren Bacall 34
#1 Bette Davis 46, #6 Olivia de Havilland 38
#2 Audrey Hepburn 51, #1 Grace Kelly 46
#1 Elizabeth Taylor 54, #3 Ava Gardner 35
#1 Jean Simmons 41, #6 Anne Bancroft 24
#3 Catherine Deneuve 45, #5 Susannah York 14
So make sure and vote; meanwhile, Lombard is readying herself for the challenge of Loy. She earlier played some tennis -- now, time for some bowling.