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Where did Lombard lose it?

Posted by vp19 on 2013.02.04 at 13:41
Current mood: naughtynaughty

Her virginity, we mean.

Short of discovering a long-lost diary (and from all known accounts, she didn't keep one), we may never be entirely sure where Carole Lombard learned the ways of sex. But there's one site that's a leading candidate -- a building on 7000 Romaine Street in Los Angeles:

This was Howard Hughes' headquarters in 1929, and Lombard biographer Larry Swindell stated she had her first intimate affair with Hughes at about this time, as the flight and film impresario/Lothario was seeking a new leading lady for his upcoming air epic "Hell's Angels." (Greta Nissen had been cast in the role when the movie was planned as a silent, but Hughes feared her Swedish accent would make her character less believable in its conversion to sound and sought a replacement; Jean Harlow ultimately got the part.) Swindell said Howard and Carole conducted their brief affair in airtight secrecy, and it's highly likely that any physical activity between them took place in Hughes' office.

This affair was the subject of a "Carole & Co." entry some years back (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/57165.html) and later was brought up in the "Dear Old Hollywood" blog nearly two years ago (http://dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com/2011/02/howard-hughes-headquarters.html). Now the building is in the fashion, art and gift business, hosting a retail and online site called "Just One Eye" (http://justoneeye.com). Its co-founder is a fashion maven named Paola Russo:

You can learn more about "Just One Eye" at http://la-confidential-magazine.com/style/articles/just-one-eye-boutique-opens-in-a-storied-space.


(Anonymous) at 2013-02-06 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
I've read that entire portion of the book you quote on the other blog post you have embedded on this page. It is VERY "colorful" both in vocabulary coming out of Carole's mouth and the story. I for one want to know where the author got those LOOOONG quotes from her. The length of the quotes and the time that elapsed between her supposedly saying it and him writing about it make me question the veracity. I have met a few people in my life who knew Carole Lombard. No one ever said she talked THAT bad. The incident in the book says she was drunk at the time, but...
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