Talk:Carole Lombard

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Presidential Medal of Freedom[edit]

Lots of sources online say that Roosevelt awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but that page here on Wikipedia says the medal wasn't created until Roosevelt's successor Truman in 1945. So something's not correct either in that article or this one. Discussion on Talk:Presidential Medal of Freedom. - Brian Kendig 15:01, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

The In Memorium article in Baha'i World 1940-1944 states: "...she was publicly commended by Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr...." There is no reference to a medal in this source. Occamy 18:24, 5 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I am deleting the reference to the Medal of Freedom. Lombard never received this, either in life or in death. The official Medal of Freedom site does NOT list Lombard as a recipient.--26 July 2008 Susan Nunes —Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.228.60.198 (talk) 01:50, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

High school education dispute[edit]

Which high school did Carole Lombard graduate from? On the front page of the Hollywood High School website, she is declared one of their alumna. [1] [2]. Yet NNDB and several other sources claim she graduated from Fairfax High School, also in Hollywood. [3] [4] IMDb makes no reference to either. Which sources are correct? Hall Monitor 17:19, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

Please leave me a note on my talk page if this dispute is resolved. As of today, I have precisely one-thousand, two-hundred thirty-four (1,234) pages on my watchlist. Hall Monitor 22:06, 25 July 2005 (UTC)

Family home[edit]

I've removed the section about the family home in Fort Wayne being a museum. It's actually a B&B and as such it's not appropriate for us to advertise it. It is not a museum according to this website [5] which mentions that museums are nearby. They don't seem to be Carole Lombard museums, although as a famous daughter of Fort Wayne, she may be commemorated there. Rossrs 04:21, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

It Happened One Night[edit]

This is a minor point but I do not believe that Carole Lombard was offered the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night. Here's why. Much has been made of the fact that Lombard and Clark Gable were great lovers and that they only appeared in one film together No Man Of Her Own (1932). If Lombard had come close to appearing Gable in one of the classic films of the time, I would expect it to have been noted in biographies of either Lombard or Gable, and it would been an irresistible snippet of info for them to include. There is no mention of this in Clark Gable by Warren G. Harris, 2002, ISBN 1 85410 904 9 or Gable and Lombard by the same author, 1974, ISBN 0 304 29397 0. It's not mentioned in The Films of Carole Lombard by Frederick W. Ott, 1972, ISBN 0 8065 0278 9, in the quite lengthy biographical section that discusses Lombard's career, including missed opportunities. The possible casting of Myrna Loy, Margaret Sullivan and Miriam Hopkins are mentioned in Inside Oscar by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona, 1987, ISBN 0 0345 344537, without mentioning Lombard. Myrna Loy and Bette Davis discuss/are quoted regarding the possible casting of themselves and others without mentioning Lombard in Being and Becoming by James Kotsilibas-Davis and Myrna Loy, 1987, ISBN 1 55611 101 0 and The Girl Who Walked Home Alone, Bette Davis, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler, 2006, ISBN 0 7432 6208 5.

There are other works that could and should mention this if it was true, but don't, but I think I've cited the main ones. All of these books should have been researched more carefully than the movie divas site which does not state where it drew its information from. I think the most significant point is that the fact that Gable and Lombard never appeared together in a good film (No Man of Her Own is generally considered insignificant to both careers) so if there had been a chance of them appearing together in what became a classic film such as It Happened One Night someone of note would have mentioned it. I'm going to remove it again from the articles in which it appears, and request that it not be added again unless a more reliable source can be provided. Thanks Rossrs 13:15, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

I was completely wrong about this. According to Screwball by Larry Swindell, she was offered and almost accepted. Rossrs (talk) 21:22, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Height and measurements[edit]

I took out "At 5' 2" (1.57 m), and measurements: 34 1/2B-24 1/2-34" because I'm not certain it belongs in the article or where to place it if it does. Comments? Clarityfiend 07:59, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

I strongly feel that they should not be in the article and I'm glad you removed them. To put it bluntly, she wasn't famous for her height or for the size of her breasts. Rossrs 14:25, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

The 34" measurement seems a little low, from what I've seen.Lestrade (talk) 21:10, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Lestrade

Ancestry[edit]

I deleted the sentence about some ancestors who lived three hundred years earlier. Firstly because non-events like that do not belong in a biography at all, and secondly because it was uncited and speculative.Wjhonson (talk) 01:28, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Carole Lombard/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Tim riley (talk · contribs) 15:16, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Will review. Starting first read-through. Tim riley (talk) 15:16, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

This is plainly of GA quality (and more). There are a few phrases I'll be quibbling at when the article comes to FAC, but there's nothing that doesn't meet the GA requirements. (As a purely personal comment, and it's absolutely none of my business as GA reviewer, but as the article is so lavishly illustrated I could do without the picture of Lombard in "Style and legacy", which I find positively scary.) Just one substantive comment: do we really believe that story about flipping a coin before the fatal airline flight? Who was there to see it and tell the tale? Is Classic Hollywood Bios a reliable source? Is the story corroborated in any other source? I'd like to be reassured on this point before I do the honours. Tim riley (talk) 15:59, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes, there's tons of books which say about flipping coins. Will remove photo, agree it doesn't really look like her and is rather scary!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:38, 6 April 2014 (UTC) Hmm. As there are good sources, then OK. No other queries.

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