Carole Landis Trivia


Carole protested strongly and publicly against the nonsensical nickname "Ping Girl" (apparently short for "purring") coined by Hal Roach publicist Frank N. Seltzer in April 1940.

In her musicals, Carole usually sang in her own voice.

She initiated divorce proceedings against her last husband in March 1948 but the divorce was not final when she died.

Rex Harrison, who had dined with her the previous night, discovered her body the day she committed suicide.

Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Everlasting Love area, Lot #814, Section #8.

The character of Jennifer North in Jacqueline Susann's 1966 novel Valley Of The Dolls was based on Carole.  Jacqueline and Carole had become lovers in 1944 when they worked together in the Broadway musical A Lady Says Yes.

A feminist at a young age, she once tried to start a girls football team at school but got into trouble because it was considered "un-lady like"

Measurements: 37C-24-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

According to a biography of Darryl F. Zanuck, she had a brief affair with him.

Actress Diana Lewis once gave Carole a gold cross as a gift. Carole wore the cross for the rest of her life and was even buried wearing it.

Spent more time visiting troops during World War 2 than any other Hollywood star. She nearly died from malaria she contracted while traveling overseas.

She chose the name Carole because she was a fan of Carole Lombard.

Carole desperately wanted to become a mother but she suffered from endometriosis and could not have children. She had numerous other health problems during her life including dysentery, malaria, pneumonia, and depression.

She knew how to fly a plane. Carole started taking flying lessons with her second husband Willis Hunt and got her pilots license in 1941. During World War 2 she flew for the Civilian Air Patrol.

Carole was a very talented photographer. Carole liked to take pictures of her friends and pets. She had a dark room in her house where she could develop her own pictures.

Carole was supposed to star in the 1941 drama Blood & Sand but she was replaced by Rita Hayworth. Fox claimed that Carole had refused to dye her hair red. However the real reason she lost the part was because she had ended her sexual relationship with Fox president Darryl Zanuck.

Carole filmed several scenes for the 1944 drama Wilson. Carole's entire part was cut out of the movie before it was released.

During the filming of Road Show Carole suffered a concussion when a vase hit her on her head. The vase was supposed to be a prop but a real vase was used by mistake.

One of her hobbies was decorating. Carole decorated many of her homes with an Asian theme. She even made her own drapes and lampshades.

Her first husband, Irving Wheeler, changed his name to Jack Roberts and became an actor. He and Carole both appeared as extras in the 1937 movie The King And The Chorus Girl.

Carole was smart and she loved to read. She was a fan of Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward, and W. Somerset Maugham. In 1941 Ernest Hemingway gave her a set of autographed books.

She was going to star in the 1948 movie Amazing Mr. X, but she died shortly before filming began. Lynn Bari was given Carole's part in the movie.

When Carole died she only had $412.12 in her bank account. In March 1949 many of her personal possessions were sold at an auction. Her sister, Dorothy, bought most of the items because she wanted to keep Carole's things in the family.

In 1936 Carole received her first fan letter from a woman in Illinois named Peggy McKenna. Carole started writing to her and Peggy became President of Carole's first fan club. Peggy moved to Hollywood in 1941 and Carole hired her as her stand-in.

Carole could play the piano. She had a piano in her living room so she could practice. In 1941 she started taking lessons with renowned conductor Jacques Rachmilovich.

She was a big fan of classical music and had a large collection of classical record albums. Carole's favorite composers were Debussy and Sibelius.

She was a guest on more than seventy radio shows during her career. Carole's first radio appearance was on the Warner Brothers Academy Theater in April 1938.

On April 24, 1942 she legally changed her name from Frances Ridste to Carole Landis. She had picked the names Carole and Landis out of a phone book when she began her career. Her mother, Clara Ridste, started calling herself "Clara Landis".

Carole was a presenter at the 1941 and 1944 Academy Awards ceremonies. She caused a commotion at the 1941 ceremony when her slip fell out of her dress.

Carole was born under the astrological sign of Capricorn. She studied astrology and she often went to psychics for advice. A psychic once warned her that she "must beware of emotional entanglements with men you can't entirely possess".

Her favorite foods were eggs and corn on the cob.

Carole's last meal on July, 4, 1948 was roast chicken, a tossed salad, and lemon chiffon pie.

Carole was cast in the 1944 musical Doll Face but she quit right before filming began. Vivian Blaine replaced her in the movie.

She hated wearing nail polish. Carole thought that nail polish looked vulgar and that men did not like it. She would only put it on her nails for photo shoots.

In 1942, Carole was named the best dressed screen star by the Fashion Academy of New York. She had a closet full of expensive dresses, hats, shoes, and fur coats. Many of her clothes were designed by her close friend Don Loper.

Carole was very athletic. She played tennis, badminton, and golf. In high school she was a pitcher on the baseball team.

Sometimes she would wear all of her wedding rings at once. Carole told people it was a reminder to never marry again.

In 1944, Carole appeared in ads for Chesterfield cigarettes. During her career she was also featured in ads for Lipton tea, Schaefer beer, Jergens lotion, Sinclair oil, and Nescafe coffee.


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