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Carole Lombard


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luxury's lap, dosviolines, somnambule (and everyone else who contributed) you are a brilliant bunch of people
i didn't even guess i would find so many breathtaking images in here
i was always more attracted to the 'idea' of the twenties and neglected the thirties a bit (of course the actors and actresses were sometimes big in both decades)
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Okay, I will start with Kay Francis as she is one of my very favorites of the early 30's


She was the Queen of the racy Pre-Codes and was known for being a glammy clothes horse.
Here is a little bio on her from IMDB:

Birth name
Katherine Edwina Gibbs

Height
5' 9" (1.75 m)
This black-haired beauty was one of Hollywood's foremost leading ladies of the 1930s. Left most of her $1 million estate to train dogs at Seeing Eye, Inc.

Birth year has been in speculation for some time, with sources stating the year as anywhere between 1899-1908. Studio records (which occasionally were used to her detriment when the studio got mad at her) reflect the year of birth as 1899. However, her listing in the U.S. Census taken in April 1910, when she was living at a convent school, gives her age as five years.

Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6766 Hollywood Blvd.

Because of a speech impediment, she was known around the Paramount lot as "the wavishing Kay Fwancis."

Salary
My Bill (1938) $5,250/week

Film buffs still revere her, but the public at large has forgotten Kay Francis, despite the fact that she was one of the top screen stars of the 1930s. Dark-haired and sad-eyed, with a slight but easily distinguishable lisp, she often played fallen women and fashionable society types. Francis, once a stenographer (whose mother founded the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school), acted in summer stock and on Broadway before making her film debut opposite Walter Huston in Gentlemen of the Press (1929). As a Paramount contractee, she played foil to The Marx Brothers in The Cocoanuts (also 1929), and starred or costarred in Street of Chance, Paramount on Parade, For the Defense (all 1930), Ladies' Man, 24 Hours and Girls About Town (all 1931), among others. Trouble in Paradise (1932) gave Francis one of her best screen roles, as the potential victim of jewel thieves Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins, in a stylish comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

She signed with Warner Bros. in 1932, almost immediately getting another career-boosting role as the doomed lover of William Powell in the popular One-Way Passage Warners kept her busy over the next seven years in mostly tailor-made vehicles, but the ascendancy of Bette Davis in the decade's later years eventually cost Francis her standing as the studio's top female star. Her Warners films include Street of Women, Jewel Robbery (both 1932), Mary Stevens, M.D., The House on 56th Street (both 1933), Mandalay, Wonder Bar (opposite Al Jolson), British Agent (all 1934), I Found Stella Parish (1935), The White Angel (1936, playing Florence Nightingale), Stolen Holiday, Confession (both 1937), My Bill, Secrets of an Actress (both 1938), and King of the Underworld (1939).

She went on to play "the other woman" with Cary Grant and Carole Lombard in In Name Only (1939), and Deanna Durbin's mother in It's a Date (1940), but soon drifted into B movies. A notable exception: Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), in which she played herself, one of four Hollywood actresses who entertained troops during World War 2. She retired from the screen in 1946, returned to the stage, and then left show business for good. She died of cancer and left most of her stillconsiderable fortune to various charities.

photos from kayfrancis.net



If you have never seen her on film, she reminds me a bit of Isabella Rosselini's energy and of course with amazing blue eyes
She is statuesque and wears clothes like nobody else and appears tough but she has a lisp which makes her vulnerable and adorable somehow
Here are some screen caps from kayfrancis.net of "Girls About Town" a flick of hers just so you can see how great she looks onscreen:





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Some more Kay clippings and articles I found fascinating- I love vintage mags- one is even an article on her style
(kayfrancis.net)
I love the part where she talks about how "men are susceptible to bright colours and picturesque effects. They love to see women wear gloves"
middle page is not tranferring- oh well-







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Here is a fun photo spread of a Farm Themed party Kay threw at her house-


The thing I love about vintage mags and such is that is really gives you a specific idea of how popular and huge someone like Kay was back then and what her appeal was and how her style was very covetable even though she is not a household name nowadays.

kayfrancis.net


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^ Thanks for all the Kay Francis pics

That article is a great find!

Some Ann Sheridan pics


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^ gorgeous
here are two more Magazine covers with Kay on them-
(from Trouble In Paradise blog)


^so pretty but notice they painted her eyes brown here...strange.


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^ Thanks Orchide

Here's an actress I've never heard of: Toby Wing.


source: doctormarco.com

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Born Martha Virginia Wing in Amelia Court House, Virginia, in 1915 and taking the stage name Toby after a family nickname, Toby Wing moved to Hollywood in the 1920s with her father Paul R. Wing, who served as an assistant director in the 1920s and 1930s. She found bit parts in some of the pictures for which her father worked and eventually landed a rather historic part as one of the original Goldwyn Girls, getting billing as the girl "with a face like the morning sun." Her beauty was not just in the movies; off camera, she lured to her door many a celebrated suitor (Maurice Chevalier, Alfred Vanderbilt, Franklin Roosevelt Jr., Jackie Coogan and wealthy Toronto playboy Erskine Eaton -- to name a few). In 1936, upon mourning the untimely death of one of her suitors (army pilot John T. Helms) Miss Wing swore off men -- falling in love with them, that is. She announced that "I have really given up falling in love with men! Oh, yes! My career is now to be my life." But that was before meeting and marrying in 1938 Henry Tindall "Dick" Merrill, the famous and record-setting aviator. She epitomized the platinum blond of the Jean Harlow ilk that graced our theaters in the 1930s. She began her career in Samuel Goldwyn's 1931 "Palmy Days" with Eddie Cantor and George Raft. It was also Busby Berkeley's signature work -- noted for the extravaganza and the overhead camera angles. Thirty-eight films and twelve years later she ended her movie career, but, in these films and for this little more than one decade of work, she managed quite a lasting appeal. She competed in good stead with the likes of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable as a soldier's favorite pinup girl during WWII; she even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recent years. During her heyday, she is reputed to have received more fan mail than Claudette Colbert and Marlene Dietrich. Her most noted roles (though all were of a brief and often uncredited nature) include the beauty in the white fox bra to whom Dick Powell sings "Young and Healthy" in Busby Berkeley's original "42nd Street." She also worked alongside Ida Lupino and Jack Oakie in the 1934 "Murder at the Vanities" and with Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard and John Barrymore in the 1937 "True Confession." Her final film role occurred in the 1943 "The Marines Come Thru." Her performances were not limited to movies, however; she appeared in musical theater also -- most notably an appearance in Cole Porter's 1938 "You Never Know." She died peacefully at her home in Mathews Virginia in March 2001.

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^ she is cute- I do recognise her from the Busby Berkeley musicals- and from being in "Babyface" with Barbara Stanwyck- I think she only has one line but I remember her. I guess she really wasn't a star but did alot of chorus/dance stuff she is precious though!
I found this blurb on her:
From All Movie Guide: With her cotton-candy hairdo and infectious smile, Richmond's Toby Wing (born Martha Virginia Wing) was the quintessential Hollywood chorus girl, rarely given much to do but always awarded choice close-ups as Busby Berkeley's kaleidoscopic cameras panned over or below Warner Bros.' line of chorines. In films from childhood, Wing first gained notice as one of the Goldwyn Girls gracing Eddie Cantor's Palmy Days (1931) and The Kid From Spain (1932), and she was highly visible in (and the very picture of) 42nd Street's "Young and Healthy" number. But when all is said and done, Wing did more cheesecake layouts than actual performing and she later became something of a joke.

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Originally Posted by Orchide
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I found this blurb on her:
But when all is said and done, Wing did more cheesecake layouts than actual performing and she later became something of a joke.
^ That's sad

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I know- I thought so too
If you ever get a chance to see "Babyface", you can't miss her though- the platinum hair and cute face. I tried to dig up more on her but there isn't much to be found. Now, I wanna see "Murder at the Vanities" though- she is in it and it looks like a cute backstage showgirl pre-code flick

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im on a cloud sailing straight to seventh heaven right now.thanks so much for the kay francis goodies,orchide and thanks for the beauitufl carole lombard pics dosviolines !!
so now i can shed some light regarding my sources.my kay francis pics were obviously from kayfrancis.net and i did some research:the ann dvorak pic of which i thought that i found it on ebay was from anndvorak.com and the other pic as well.sorry,for the confusion .
anna k,some more for your bliss and hopeful conversion !!
from the source cited above...
the first 2 are by hurrell
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Oooh goody^ those are great

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