Carole Lombard was among the most photographed actresses of her era, and though she lived but 33 years -- with roughly half of that life spent posing for professional picture-takers, such as Sir Cecil Beaton, above, in 1931 -- thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of Lombard images can be found, nearly all of them lovely.
Today, as I prepare for a move I'm making tomorrow (remaining in Los Angeles, but moving a few miles away), I thought I'd point out a site that has many such images. It's from Facebook friend and fellow Lombard fan Lisa Laird, and it's part of the popular site Pinterest.
It's called "Carole Lombard" (original, huh?) and its URL is https://www.pinterest.com/arrobins70/carole-lombard/?lp=true.
I'll show a few of my favorites here. Go to the site, and you'll see Carole in all her timeless charm... and no doubt you'll want to add a few to your collection.
First, from the beginning of her motion picture career, a Lombard with darker hair in 1925 as a Fox starlet. (If only we had some movie evidence of her from this era, but that's another story.)
Now to a shot taken for Mack Sennett in 1927. So what if Carole had been in an auto accident in 1926? With that figure and those legs, Sennett was delighted to hire her:
Lombard made a year's stop at Pathe in 1929, where she made three talkies and (temporarily) dropped the "e" from her first name. Here's a publicity still for her first talking feature there, "High Voltage":
She signed with Paramount the following year, and the year after that married William Powell. Their friendship would last far longer than their marriage, though neither could have known that while on honeymoon in Hawaii:
Carole's first few years at Paramount were confounding, as the studio never really knew what to do with her. She would get better vehicles on loanout to Columbia, in particular her 1934 breakout hit, "Twentieth Century," whose director was distant cousin Howard Hawks:
Two years later, Lombard would receive her only Oscar nomination as dizzy heiress Irene Bullock, opposite her ex, in the screwball classic "My Man Godfrey":
The new man in Lombard's life was Clark Gable, but she'd have to wait until 1939 before they could marry:
By the late 1930s, Carole was a not-infrequent guest on network radio, appearing on programs such as "The Circle" on NBC, where she's seen with Cary Grant and Ronald Colman in early 1939:
After several years of starring in dramas, Lombard returned to comedy with "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in early 1941, followed by her long-sought collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch, "To Be Or Not To Be," a film she would not live to see released:
Carole's zest for life and her splendid talent has won her generations of fans more than three-quarters of a century after her passing, a testament to the power of her personality, beauty and timeless attitude: