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News-Antique.com - Nov 07,2008 - Santa Fe, Nov. 7, 2008 -- Hollywood glamour queen Carole Lombard once gave a party in her Hollywood Boulevard home where guests came dressed as nurses and doctors. Her place was decked out as a hospital operating room. The food arrived on a makeshift operating table. Guests reportedly ate with operating room tools and bedpans replaced dishes.
That kind of screwball humor typified the 1930s film star on-and-off screen.
When you include her blond hair, blue eyes, high cheekbones, big smile and willowy body, Lombard looked great even when she looked ridiculous.
She was an ordinary kid who grew up to be the extraordinary Carole Lombard.
The actress was one of the top stars at Paramount Studios, earning $35, 000 a week in her prime. In 1936, she received her only Oscar nomination for Best Actress in “My Man Godfrey.”
On July 31-Aug. 1, Profiles in History, Calabasas, Calif., featured a selection of Lombard publicity photos in its Hollywood Auction.
A photographic portrait; by Otto Dyar; photographer’s blind embossed stamp on the recto lower right and photographer and Paramount Pictures rubber stamp on verso; 10 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches; sold for $20,700.
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