Pretty lovely image of Carole Lombard, isn't it? Well, guess who took it, in one of his rare forays into color photography -- none other than the fabled George Hurrell:
It's from the January 1939 Photoplay, an issue that wasn't one of Lombard's favorites despite the pic. That's because the issue also ran one of the most notorious articles in the magazine's history -- "Hollywood's Unmarried Husbands And Wives," by Kirtley Baskette.
While we've run the story before (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/104986.html), it wasn't as it originally appeared in the magazine. Now that the entire 1914 to 1940 run of Photoplay is available online, we thought it would be good to let you see this controversial piece the way the magazine's readers saw it when it hit newsstands midway through December 1938:
The Hollywood establishment was up in arms over the article, and there was debate over how the industry should react (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/184775.html). Lombard, who rarely held grudges, probably never again spoke to Baskette for the rest of her life.
But the January 1939 Photoplay had other Lombard goodies to offer fans, such as this pic of Carole with a burro she received as a gag gift at the "Made For Each Other" wrap party:
There's also a closeup of three Hollywood designers, two of which had definite ties to Lombard -- Irene of Bullocks Wilshire (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/445941.html) and jewelry expert Joseff.