By Eric Gans
Regardless of showing in twenty-eight videos in little over a decade, Carole Landis (1919-1948) by no means really grew to become the foremost Hollywood superstar her onscreen presence must have afforded her. even if she acted in such enduring movies as A Scandal in Paris and Moon over Miami, she was once ordinarilly relegated to aiding roles. even if she performed the foremost position in a function, as she did within the Powers woman and the movie noir I get up Screaming!, she was once billed moment or 3rd in the back of different actors. This biography lines Landis's lifestyles, chronicling her beginnings as a dance corridor entertainer in San Francisco, her profession in Hollywood and in another 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 unearths a sad determine whose existence used to be all too short. Landis's enormous holiday got here in 1940 with Hal Roach's a million B.C. She seemed in 13 20th Century-Fox images among 1941 and 1946. In 1942-43, Landis entertained troops in England and North Africa within the in simple terms all-female USO travel. The journey ended in her memoir, 4 Jills in a Jeep, and a Fox motion picture of an identical identify. 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 can now not result in matrimony and depressed approximately getting older, she took a deadly drug overdose on July five, 1948. Eric Gans is professor of French at college of California, la. he's the writer of various books together with such a lot lately The Scenic mind's eye: Originary considering from Hobbes to the current Day, and his articles have seemed in lots of periodicals.
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From references in Bay Area newspapers of the time, it appears that Ravazza often performed at the St. Francis Hotel, only a few blocks from the Royal Hawaiian, and he may have played the Hawaiian as well. The following description of Carole’s singing was given by her Royal Hawaiian employer or perhaps by Ravazza himself, who is quoted elsewhere as speaking of Carole “with affection”: “He remembers that every time she came out to sing, the dancers would be jammed up in front, the men folk giving Carole the eye and their partners the go-by.
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.
In addition, Carole wrote (and usually typed) thousands of letters to friends and fans and composed diaries, sadly forever lost, that must have run to thousands of pages. But no man—and few women—fully shared her intimacy, neither her husbands nor even Rex Harrison, almost certainly the man with whom she had the fullest and most satisfying relationship. The “promise of happiness” that was Stendhal’s definition of beauty was one Carole could keep to the world but not to any individual man. CHAPTER 2 In Northern California (1935–1937) We must presume in the absence of other evidence that the timing of Frances’s departure for the Bay Area was determined by the state law that required school attendance until the age of sixteen, married or not.
Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl (Hollywood Legends) by Eric Gans