Today is the birthday of the great screen light comedienne Carole Lombard (1908-1942). As impossible as it may seem to disassociate your mental image of her from that ethereal voice, the fact remains that young Jane Alice Peters got her start as a child in silent pictures, acting in films for Alan Dwan and Raoul Walsh and others before becoming one of Mack Sennett’s Bathing Beauties in 1928, even starring in one film The Campus Vamp a.k.a The Campus Carmen. Here it is!:
The following year, she began appearing in talkies and the better known phase of her career, at one point becoming the highest paid star in Hollywood.
For more on silent and slapstick comedy films please check out my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
To find out more about show business past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.