Born Jane Alice Peters into a wealthy family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but raised in Los Angeles, American film actress Carole Lombard (1908 – 1942) was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s.
Eager to become an actress, Lombard signed a contract with the Fox Film Corporation at age 16, but mainly played bit parts. She was dropped by Fox after a car accident left a scar on her face.
After a successful appearance in The Arizona Kid (1930), she was signed to a contract with Paramount Pictures, and it quickly began casting Lombard as a leading lady, primarily in drama films.
Lombard's career was cut short when she died at the age of 33 in an aircraft crash on Mount Potosi, Nevada, while returning from a War Bond tour. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actresses of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy, and ranks among the American Film Institute's greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
Take a look back on the beauty of Carole Lombard in the late 1930s through these 49 rare and glamorous glass plate negatives.