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Sliding at the party

Posted by vp19 on 2014.07.28 at 21:48
Current mood: artisticartistic

Carole Lombard's party at the Venice pier amusement park in June 1935 (she's shown with Frances Drake and Josephine Hutchinson) has become the stuff of legend. It received substantial coverage from the press of the time, such as this report in Florida's St. Petersburg Evening Independent...

...not to mention plenty of photos. And in the past few days, the identity of a participant in one of the night's most famous pictures has come under dispute. Here's the pic in question:

It's Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert, right? Well, in a comment to http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/346936.html received Saturday, someone disagrees. The person, who has other pics of the sliding scene, says, "That is Edith Piaf the singer, not Colbert pictured."

Er, I don't think so.

Note Dietrich and Colbert were mentioned riding the slide in the Associated Press report above. Moreover, Piaf was born in Paris on Dec. 19, 1915 and didn't vault to fame in her native France until sometime in 1935. According to biographers, she never toured the U.S. until after World War II.

So that's Colbert with Dietrich -- and here's Claudette with Carole in another party pic:

That photo, an 8" x 10" original in very good to excellent condition, is up for auction at eBay. Bidding begins at $10 and is set to conclude at 5:48 p.m. (Eastern) Monday. If you'd like to own this, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLAUDETTE-COLBERT-8X10-STILL-/331273901423?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d2176956f.

In honor of "The Little Sparrow," here's Piaf's best-known song, "La Vie En Rose," which over the years has become a standard of sorts (Louis Armstrong recorded a wonderful English-language version):

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