So much Carole Lombard stuff is happening, it's getting hard for me to keep up -- and that doesn't include Michelle Morgan's new biography "Carole Lombard: Twentieth Century Star," of which I hope to have a review up in a few days. (I will say at the outset it's very good.)
But it's not all that's going on. Not by a long shot.
Less than two months from now, the 75th anniversary of Lombard's death will be commemorated, and as a tribute, two sites -- Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood -- will co-host a three-day event, "Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon," from Jan. 16 to 18. (And yes, I plan to participate, though I haven't yet selected a topic.) As of this writing, 24 blogs are scheduled to contribute something...and you can, too. Find out more by going to https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/announcing-the-carole-lombard-the-profane-angel-blogathon/ or to http://phyllislovesclassicmovies.blogspot.com/2016/11/announcing-carole-lombard-blogathon.html.
My friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey has created eight banners for the blogathon, which you can access at either site. Here are three of them:
As someone who's administered a few blogathons (including one on Lombard in 2011), I hope you'll take part. These events not only inform, but are plenty of fun.
Additionally, Morgan's bio isn't the only new Lombard-related book out there. Carole's intense but ill-fated romance with singer-musician-composer Russ Columbo is the topic of a new volume, "Two Lovers: The Love Story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo," written by Beverly Adam.
You can read the first chapter and part of the second at https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_p_kb_dp&asin=B01N0FYPIH&tag=facebook0c410-20&reshareId=QF1R29773BSDXD1CCTE7&reshareChannel=system. From what I read, this book looks fascinating, and I await the rest of it. ("Two Lovers" can be ordered from with Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and formats include large print and audio book.) A Facebook site dedicated to the book is at https://www.facebook.com/Two-Lovers-the-love-story-of-Carole-Lombard-and-Russ-Columbo-692980384187271/.
And its title? "I See Two Lovers" was the last song Columbo ever recorded, on Aug. 31, 1934, two days before his shocking death in a freak gun accident. This book makes me wish that planned 1992 Lombard-Columbo biopic, with the ethereal Michelle Pfeiffer as Lombard and Tom Cruise as Columbo (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/48480.html), had reached fruition.