Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl (Hollywood Legends) by Eric Gans

By Eric Gans

Regardless of showing in twenty-eight video clips in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) by no means particularly grew to become the foremost Hollywood superstar her onscreen presence must have afforded her. even supposing she acted in such enduring motion pictures as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was once generally relegated to helping roles. even if she performed the main function in a characteristic, as she did within the Powers woman and the movie noir I get up Screaming!, she used to be billed moment or 3rd at the back of different actors. This biography lines Landis's existence, chronicling her beginnings as a dance corridor entertainer in San Francisco, her occupation in Hollywood and out of the country, her USO performances, and eventually her suicide. utilizing interviews with actors who labored with Landis, modern motion picture magazines and journals, and correspondence, biographer Eric Gans finds a sad determine whose lifestyles was once all too short. Landis's colossal holiday got here in 1940 with Hal Roach's a million B.C. She seemed in 13 20th Century-Fox photos among 1941 and 1946. In 1942-43, Landis entertained troops in England and North Africa within the merely all-female USO journey. The journey ended in her memoir, 4 Jills in a Jeep, and a Fox motion picture of a similar name. After her final American movie in 1947, she accomplished initiatives in England whereas having an affair with married actor Rex Harrison. plagued by a love which could now not result in matrimony and depressed approximately ageing, she took a deadly drug overdose on July five, 1948. Eric Gans is professor of French at collage of California, la. he's the writer of diverse books together with so much lately The Scenic mind's eye: Originary pondering from Hobbes to the current Day, and his articles have seemed in lots of periodicals.

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Among Carole’s acquaintances in San Francisco were several young women who had worked in Hollywood and who gave her the idea that she might be able to get into the movies. Carole particularly mentions “one girl . . willing to give [her] the names of some Hollywood people who might be able to help her”; this was almost certainly Evelyn O’Brien, who lived just below Carole in an apartment house on Bush Street (the street of the Royal Hawaiian), where she roomed for a time with Carole’s “sister act” partner, Kay Ellis.

As for Carole’s activities other than singing and dancing during her two years in Northern California, all Carole tells us is that things were tough in the beginning but that with her fifty dollars a week Santa Cruz salary she would sing twice a night and just lie on the beach or sleep all day. Ever since Carole came to Hollywood there have been rumors that she engaged in prostitution during her stay in Northern California. Following her death, an article by Florabel Muir claimed that Carole had paid off a blackmailer who threatened to reveal details of her activities in San Francisco.

Among Carole’s acquaintances in San Francisco were several young women who had worked in Hollywood and who gave her the idea that she might be able to get into the movies. Carole particularly mentions “one girl . . willing to give [her] the names of some Hollywood people who might be able to help her”; this was almost certainly Evelyn O’Brien, who lived just below Carole in an apartment house on Bush Street (the street of the Royal Hawaiian), where she roomed for a time with Carole’s “sister act” partner, Kay Ellis.

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