vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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A taste of what's to come...and thank you, Vin

Sometime next week, if all goes according to plan, The History Press, a British publisher, will release Michelle Morgan's long-awaited Carole Lombard biography, "Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star." (I believe it's already available via Kindle, for those who prefer to go that route.)

And Morgan wrote a story for the publisher's website which gives an idea not only of what the book is all about, but her incomparable research. It deals with an incident that came close to derailing Lombard's career -- the automobile accident that effectively ended her career as a teenage starlet, perhaps to her benefit. (It's hard to gauge, as none of the films she made before the accident have survived.)

Morgan uncovered several interviews Lombard later gave in which she referred to the accident. In one, she said, "No girl should start picture work in a leading role [as Carole did in her first film at Fox, "Marriage in Transit"]. It's unfair to her and punishment to an audience."

According to Morgan, Lombard "immersed herself in self-study," reading plays, including Shakespeare. (I regularly visit the Los Angeles Central Library, which opened in 1926, and wonder whether the teen Lombard used it as part of her recovery.) We even learn that later in 1926, she returned to one of her favorite pre-accident hangouts, the fabled Cocoanut Grove nightclub, where she reached the finals of a dance contest. (Her rivals included Joan Crawford and Billie Dove.)

The page is at http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/how-carole-lombard-s-career-was-almost-over-before-it-began/, which also has a link to purchase "Twentieth-Century Star" and another Morgan book, "Before Marilyn" (about Monroe's early modeling career; Morgan arguably is the definitive Marilyn authority).

Sunday is a very special day for those of us who love baseball, as it's the final broadcast in the 67-year career of Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. It'll be in San Francisco, where Scully -- the last link to the Dodgers' Brooklyn roots -- announced the first major-league game on the West Coast (an 8-0 loss to the also-transplanted San Francisco Giants) at Seals Stadium in April 1958.

Carole & Co. paid a "heavenly" tribute to Scully two years ago (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/713739.html). It isn't merely his longevity that has made him special, but his quality, his way with words, his knowledge of the game. (He played baseball at Fordham University.) This finale will be carried on TimeWarner SportsNet LA and Channel 5 in Los Angeles; in addition, KLAC radio, the Dodgers' flagship, will simulcast Scully's TV call the entire game. (Normally, only his first three innings are simulcast.)

Here's a special treat -- Scully calling a Brooklyn Dodger game! It's from June 4, 1957 at Ebbets Field against the Chicago Cubs, the start of a two-week homestand against the "western" teams (in 1957, the Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves and St. Louis Cardinals). To make things even more fascinating, the Brooklyn starter was erratic young lefthander Sandy Koufax, who eight years later would fire a perfect game against the Cubs.

Scully -- who notes at the start of the game he had just spilled some coffee in his lap! -- comments that the following night's starter (at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City) would be Don Drysdale, like Koufax a future Hall of Famer in Los Angeles. (Don would become part of the Dodgers' broadcast team.) It's about three hours long, but worth a listen to anyone who wondered what Scully sounded like early in his career (his eighth with the Dodgers, fourth as lead announcer). Hear it at https://youtu.be/9w7Kt1vo-3Y.

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