Carole Landis
Actress
Carole Landis
Carole Landis was an American film and stage actress, who worked as a contract-player for Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1940s. Her breakthrough role was as the female lead in the 1940 film One Million B.C. , with United Artists. She died mysteriously at the age of 29 in 1948. After her death, newspapers headlined stories about the actress, some with the title "The Actress Who Could Have Been... But Never Was.
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Rare Footage Unearthed Online - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
HERE is announcer Don Wilson introducing Carole Landis for a brief appearance, with all the raw footage intact. The sexy Landis also appeared in two installments of a series called “Sing with the Stars” that offered our fighting men a glimpse of
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Wilmington on Movies: The Change-Up - Movie City News
Google News - over 5 years
In their movie fantasy form, they go all the way back to the Thorne Smith-derived, Hal Roach-directed 1940 comedy Turnabout, in which John Hubbard and Carole Landis inhabited each other, with risqué results. (I would have liked to see Cary Grant and
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What's On Sunday
NYTimes - over 5 years
NOON (Fox Movie) NIAGARA (1953) Marilyn Monroe and Niagara Falls are both shining stars of this dramatic thriller. Honeymooners Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their cottage by the falls to find that Rose (Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten, above with Monroe) have not yet checked out. The Cutlers take temporary
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This Was Doylestown, 1940 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Hal Roach presents ONE MILLION BC...featuring Victor MATURE, Carole LANDIS, Lon CHANEY, Jr....Directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach, Jr....Released thru United Artists...COUNTY THEATRE, Doylestown...Matinees--Monday at 4, Saturday at 1:30; Evenings at 7
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365 Days of Cinema: The May report - Herald & Review (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Betty Grable and Carole Landis are sisters, and look as fantastic as you might expect. Confusing use of “Over the Rainbow” as a recurrent musical theme. (2 1/2 stars on a scale of four) Day 144 – Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)
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Brigham Young (1940 movie) - TIME
Google News - almost 6 years
(And no, Power does not take Gene Tierney, Alice Faye, Carole Landis, Lynn Bari and other Fox vixens as sister wives.) An actual LDS member, character actor Moroni Olsen, also had a small role. According to the book The Hollywood Hall of Shame,
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Hard-Boiled Britons After Mr. Hitler's War
NYTimes - over 7 years
AS everyone knows, the British cinema of the postwar period consisted of David Lean (''Great Expectations''), Laurence Olivier (''Hamlet'') and those charming Ealing comedies (''The Man in the White Suit''). Except that it didn't. The Britons weren't just producing high-toned, literary films intended for export, though it's easy to get that
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - over 10 years
Three by Mauritz Stiller Mauritz Stiller was a young director in Sweden with more than 40 features and shorts to his credit when Louis B. Mayer, on a journey through Europe, saw his 1924 three-hour epic, ''The Saga of Gosta Berling,'' and signed him to an MGM contract. Among Mr. Stiller's conditions was that he would be allowed to take with him to
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LISTENING TO CD'S WITH: Wayne Shorter; 'Happening,' And Meandering, A Burst at a Time
NYTimes - about 12 years
THERE'S a classic story about Wayne Shorter in ''Footprints,'' a new biography by Michelle Mercer. It's told by Hal Miller, a jazz historian who sometimes traveled on tour with Weather Report, the band Mr. Shorter played with from 1971 to 1985. ''I remember I asked Wayne for the time,'' Mr. Miller recounts. ''He started talking to me about the
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Silver Screen Or Mezzanine: His Designs Were for All
NYTimes - almost 15 years
On a good day in the 1930's, when Adrian presided over the costume department at MGM, he produced 50 to 75 sketches, a number that would swell to a total of 3,210 for ''The Wizard of Oz'' alone. His credit line rolls on more than 200 movies, and so immaculate were his seams and sense of glamour that his rival Edith Head once confessed, ''I often
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Books in Brief: Nonfiction
NYTimes - over 16 years
THE INCOMPARABLE REX A Memoir of Rex Harrison in the 1980s. By Patrick Garland. Fromm International, $27. Rex Harrison was no ordinary man. The dazzling Henry Higgins of ''My Fair Lady'' also ran roughshod through the lives of nearly everyone he encountered, from wives to waiters. Harrison was ''impervious throughout his life to public opinion,''
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Brought Up by His Critics
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Janet, My Mother, and Me A Memoir of Growing Up With Janet Flanner and Natalia Danesi Murray. By William Murray. Illustrated. 318 pp. New York: Simon & Schuster. $24. Janet Flanner has been dead for 22 years. She is no longer remembered at the Hotel Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris, where she lived for more than 16 years, and probably many people
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - over 18 years
A nifty whodunit, a comic masterpiece, a sterling bit of New England folklore and a towering western command attention among movies on television this week. Bruce Humberston's I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941) spins an intriguing puzzle, with Victor Mature drawn to the path of a killer and two showgirl sisters, Betty Grable and Carole Landis. Laird Cregar
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BOOKEND; The Original 'Valley' Girl
NYTimes - about 19 years
IN 1963, recovering from a radical mastectomy and 44 years old, Jacqueline Susann made a pact with God: Give me another 10 years to become a best-selling author and I'll die in peace. God was more than generous. In the next 11 years, not only did three of Susann's books land on the top of the best-seller list, but the first of them, ''Valley of the
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Martha Raye, 78, Singer And Comic Actress, Dies
NYTimes - over 22 years
Martha Raye, the big-mouthed, big-hearted entertainer whose career spanned the decades from vaudeville to videos, died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 78. In recent years, she had suffered a serious of ailments, including a stroke and circulatory difficulties. Ron Wise, a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai, said, "Her death
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Review/Television; For Nostalgia Buffs, Yesterday's Hollywood
NYTimes - over 23 years
"Hollywood on Hollywood" is an account of how the movie industry has treated itself on screen from the 1930's to yesterday. That may not be the most exciting idea of the season, but it's not a bad pretext for showing clips from such estimable efforts as "A Star Is Born" (the 1937 and 1954 versions), "Singin' in the Rain," "Sunset Boulevard" and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carole Landis
    TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 29
    Landis died of an intentional drug overdose at the age of 29 in July 1948.
    More Details Hide Details Landis was born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in Fairchild, Wisconsin. She was the youngest of five children (two of whom died in childhood) born to Clara Ridste (née Stentek), a Polish farmer's daughter, and Norwegian-American Alfred Ridste, a "drifting railroad mechanic" who abandoned the family after Landis' birth.According to Landis' biographer E.J. Felming, circumstantial evidence supports that Landis was likely the biological child of her mother's second husband, Charles Fenner.
  • 1947
    Age 28
    They separated in 1947 and Landis filed for divorce in May 1948 charging Schmidlapp with "extreme mental cruelty".
    More Details Hide Details During her separation from Schmidlapp, Landis entered into a romance with actor Rex Harrison, who was then married to actress Lilli Palmer. The affair became an open secret in Hollywood. After Landis' death however, Harrison downplayed their relationship and publicly claimed that she was merely a close friend of his and Palmer's. Landis was reportedly crushed when Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer, she committed suicide in her Pacific Palisades home at 1465 Capri Drive by taking an overdose of Seconal. Harrison was the last person to see her alive, having had dinner with Landis the night before she committed suicide. The next afternoon, Harrison and the maid discovered her on the bathroom floor. Harrison waited several hours before he called a doctor and the police. According to some sources, Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison who instructed his lawyers to destroy it. During a coroner's inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for her suicide and told the coroner he did not know of the existence of a second suicide note. Landis' official web site, which is owned by her family, has questioned the events of Landis' death and the coroner's ruling of suicide. She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California in plot 814 of the "Everlasting Love" section. Among the celebrities at her funeral were Cesar Romero, Van Johnson, and Pat O'Brien.
  • 1945
    Age 26
    On December 8, 1945, Landis married Broadway producer W.
    More Details Hide Details Horace Schmidlapp.
    In 1945 she starred on Broadway in the musical A Lady Says Yes with Jacqueline Susann, with whom she reportedly had an affair.
    More Details Hide Details Susann purportedly based the character Jennifer North in her book Valley of the Dolls on Landis. Landis wrote several newspaper and magazine articles about her experiences during the war, including the 1944 book Four Jills in a Jeep, which was later made into a movie, costarring Kay Francis, Martha Raye, and Mitzi Mayfair. She also wrote the foreword to Victor Herman's cartoon book Winnie the WAC.
  • 1942
    Age 23
    While touring Army camps in London in 1942, she met United States Army Air Forces Captain Thomas Wallace. They were married in January 1943 but separated in May 1945. They divorced in July 1945.
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  • 1940
    Age 21
    On July 4, 1940 she married yacht broker Willis Hunt, Jr. in Las Vegas. Landis left Hunt after two months of marriage. They were divorced in November 1940.
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  • 1939
    Age 20
    In June 1939, Berkeley proposed to Landis, but later broke it off.
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    Wheeler's lawsuit was later dismissed, and Landis and Wheeler were divorced in 1939.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 18
    Landis made her film debut as an extra in the 1937 film A Star Is Born; she also appeared in various horse operas.
    More Details Hide Details She posed for hundreds of cheesecake photographs. She continued appearing in bit parts until 1940 when Hal Roach cast her as a cave girl in One Million B.C.. The movie was a sensation and turned Landis into a star. A press agent nicknamed her "The Ping Girl" (because "she makes you purr"). Landis appeared in a string of successful films in the early 1940s, usually as the second female lead. In a time when the singing of many actresses was dubbed in, Landis's own voice was considered good enough and was used in her few musical roles. Landis landed a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox and began a sexual relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck. She had roles playing opposite fellow pin-up girl Betty Grable in Moon Over Miami and I Wake Up Screaming, both in 1941. When Landis ended her relationship with Zanuck, her career suffered and she was assigned roles in B-movies.
  • 1934
    Age 15
    Her mother had the marriage annulled in February 1934. Landis convinced her father Alfred Ridste (who had left the family shortly after Landis was born and who, by coincidence, lived near the family in San Bernardino) to allow her remarry Wheeler. He finally relented and the two were remarried on August 25, 1934.
    More Details Hide Details After three weeks of marriage, Landis and Wheeler got into an argument and Landis walked out. Neither filed for divorce and Landis began pursuing an acting career. In 1938, Wheeler reappeared and filed a $250,000 alienation of affections lawsuit against director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. Despite the fact that Landis and Wheeler were married only in the legal sense, he claimed that Berkeley had enticed and otherwise persuaded Landis to transfer her affections. Landis maintained that she had not seen Wheeler in years and heard from him only the previous year when he claimed to want a divorce.
    Landis was married four times and had no children (she was unable to conceive due to endometriosis). In January 1934, 15-year-old Landis married her first husband, 19-year-old Irving Wheeler.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 4
    In 1923, Landis' family moved to San Bernardino, California.
    More Details Hide Details Landis mother worked menial jobs to support the family. At the age of 15, Landis dropped out of San Bernardino High School and set forth on a career path to show business. She started out as a hula dancer in a San Francisco nightclub and later sang with a dance band. She bleached her hair blonde and changed her name to "Carole Landis" after her favorite actress, Carole Lombard. After saving $100 she moved to Hollywood.
  • 1921
    Age 2
    Fenner left Landis' mother in April 1921 and remarried a few months later.
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  • 1919
    Age 0
    Born on January 1, 1919.
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