Seeing this image of Carole Lombard -- especially at this time of year -- understandably causes many of her fans to cringe. Yet it should be remembered that when this photo was taken in 1935, Lombard (perhaps inspired by fellow actress Ruth Chatterton, a noted aviatrix) briefly took up flying. While she soon decided, for reasons unknown, not to pursue aviation any further, she apparently could handle the challenge, of this '35 cartoon makes clear:
The caption: "Carole Lombard made a perfect 3-point landing on her first attempt after she recently took up flying."
This drawing is from the "Screen Oddities" panel from Capt. Roscoe Fawcett that ran in many newspapers across the U.S. Here's another one that year with a Lombard note:
If this is to be believed, Carole -- trying to feign hiccups during production of "Hands Across the Table" -- came down with a real case so severe that filming had to be shut down for two days. At the very least, it makes for a good story.
Both sketches are available on eBay, each with beginning bids of $9.99 with the auctions closing late Friday (Eastern). The one with the hiccups is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hoot-Gibson-Eric-Linden-Carole-Lombard-1935-Sketch-Cartoon-RARE/352259896535?hash=item52045374d7:g:YIgAAOSwRQxaYr4f; the aviation sketch is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pat-OBrien-Carole-Lombard-Constance-Bennett-1935-Sketch-Cartoon-RARE/352259895989?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D47301%26meid%3De6697301949e4f009b6d8a27b4da958e%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D352259896535&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851.
And the pic (a reprint) of Carole next to the plane (a Waco CJC C)? You can buy it for $3.95 under eBay's "buy it now" program. Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-POSING-WITH-A-WACO-CJC-C-1935-8X10-PHOTO-PRINT-4341-HOL/183027474356?hash=item2a9d499fb4:g:rYoAAOSw1RVaYraU.