Not many people around today can say they knew Carole Lombard, but one who does turns 104 today.
Congratulations to Mary Carlisle, whom I believe is the last of the WAMPAS "baby stars" still with us (1932). The following year, she was Bing Crosby's leading lady in "College Humor" at Paramount (where Lombard worked at the time), leading to several years of cinema success. Like Carole, Jean Harlow and others, Mary was a photo subject of the legendary George Hurrell:
A few months ago, we saluted Carlisle (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/869432.html). Her good friend Darrell Rooney, a Facebook friend of mine and an expert on Harlow and '30s Hollywood, visits Mary regularly and says, "Mary always perks up about Lombard... she thought Carole was a hoot."
To learn more about Mary, visit a Facebook tribute to her at https://www.facebook.com/Mary-Carlisle-Tribute-Page-346095025435288/. And again, happy birthday, Mary.