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Of tennis and Tarzan

During her decade-and-a-half of Hollywood work, Carole Lombard came to know just about everyone in the film industry. For proof, this photo.

carole lombard alice marble johnny weissmuller wendy barrie 00a front

Who's that to Carole's right? None other than swimming champ turned film star Johnny Weissmuller (or how about "he Tarzan, she Jane -- well, she used to be"). On the other side of Johnny is Lombard's close friend, tennis champ Alice Marble. Who completes this quartet? This photo has a snipe which gives the answer:

carole lombard alice marble johnny weissmuller wendy barrie 00a back

It's Wendy Barrie, "popular Universal actress," and "one of the crack tennis players in the movie colony." (Yep, it was a Universal photo.) Barrie may have been very good at tennis for all we know, but her prowess on the court certainly isn't as well-known as that of Lombard (or Ginger Rogers or Katharine Hepburn, for that matter). It's too bad some promoter never was able to get all the stars (male and female) to participate in a tennis tourney for charity, so we could have learned who truly was Hollywood's best.

This photo, from 1936, is an 8" x 10" double-weight in fine condition. One bid, for the minimum 99 cents, has been made, but expect this relatively rare pic to wind up going for much more...especially since the auction doesn't end until 7:25 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Wednesday. Want to get in on the action? Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JOHNNY-WEISSMULLER-/251082229125?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a75aac585.

The seller, hyee auctions of Jersey City, is auctioning two other Carole pics. One was taken by Robert Coburn, and while the seller lists it as a 1930s photo, the date on the stamp on the back (Jan. 28, 1942) leads one to believe it was from one of Lombard's last sessions:

carole lombard robert coburn 03a frontcarole lombard robert coburn 03a back

It's a first-generation silver photo measuring 6 3/4" x 9 1/2"; there's a little bit of wear, but nothing to distract from this portrait's beauty. Two bids have been made at this writing, topping at $5.55; since the bidding on this ends one minute prior to the close of the Weissmuller pic auction, its selling price will probably escalate as well. If you think you're interested, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPERB-1930s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Beauty-/251082229084?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a75aac55c.

Here's a fairly common pic of Lombard with new husband Clark Gable after their elopement, but just look at their smiles:

carole lombard clark gable 121a frontcarole lombard clark gable 121a back
carole lombard clark gable 121c back

This photo is 7" x 9", an original of one of filmdom's most famed couples, apparently used by a newspaper (could "F.P." be a reference to the Detroit Free Press?), and you can place a minimum bid for a mere 99 cents. Chances are it won't go for that amount -- bidding ends two minutes prior to the Weissmuller photo -- but you never know. Find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1939-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-Elope-/261042680716?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc75b338c.

This week's LiveJournal header is from Carole's first film at Paramount, 1930's "Safety In Numbers," as Lombard, brunette Kathryn Crawford and blonde Josephine Dunn enjoy their new, sumptuous surroundings.
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