Carole (Peters) Lombard

Jane Alice (Peters) Lombard (1908 - 1942)

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Jane Alice (Carole) Lombard formerly Peters aka Powell, Gable
Born in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Kingman, Arizonamap
Died in Mount Potosi, Nevada, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Nov 2015
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Categories: American Notables | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California | Famous Actors of the 20th Century | Silent Film Actors | 20th Century Baha'is | Converts to the Baha'i Faith.

Carole (Peters) Lombard is Notable.

Biography

Carole Lombard (birth name: Jane Alice Peters) was an American film actress who starred in over 50 films between 1922 and 1942 and came to be known as the "Queen of Screwball Comedies".

She was born on October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Frederick Christian Peters (1875-1935) and Elizabeth Knight (1876-1942), both from prominent local families. Her paternal grandfather, John Claus Peters, was the son of German immigrants who rose to wealth through the manufacturing and hotel industries. On her mother's side, her great-grandfather, James "Judge" Cheney, was one of the financial backers of the first Trans-Atlantic cable. She also had two older brothers: Frederick Jr. (1904-1979) and John (1906-1956).

Mr. and Mrs. Peters separated in about 1914, and the children moved to Los Angeles with their mother. A young Jane Peters attended Virgil Junior High School and played sports. At age 12, she was recruited by the film director Allan Dwan, who cast her in her first film role, A Perfect Crime (1922).

Jane Peters became "Carol Lombard" in 1924 and legally changed her name to "Carole Lombard" in the following decade.

She was married twice: to William Powell (1931-1933; divorce) and to Clark Gable (1939-1942; her death).

Both Carole and her mother were members of the Baha'i Faith. This aspect of her life was expounded upon in a 2015 documentary by Baha'i filmmaker Vargha Mazlum.

On January 16, 1942, the plane carrying Carole, her mother, and their press agent from Indiana to California crashed into Nevada's Potosi Mountain, killing all on board. She was interred at Forest Lawn Park Memorial Cemetery in Glendale, California. Her husband, Clark Gable, chose to be buried next to her when he died in 1960.


Sources

  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKLR-TCB : accessed 28 June 2017), Jane A Peters in household of Fredrick C Peters, Fort Wayne Ward 5, Allen, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 45, sheet 19B, family 395, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 339; FHL microfilm 1,374,352.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQN-TLY : accessed 28 June 2017), Jane Alice Peters in household of Mrs. F C Peters, Los Angeles Assembly District 63, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing ED 177, sheet 1A, line 6, family 2, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 107; FHL microfilm 1,820,107.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCVH-VCH : accessed 28 June 2017), Carole Peters in household of Eliz K Peters, Los Angeles (Districts 0001-0250), Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 173, sheet 7B, line 58, family 125, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 139; FHL microfilm 2,339,874.
  • "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8VS-SQW : 28 November 2014), William H Powel and Carole Jane Peters, 26 Jun 1931; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,074,889.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9HG-MTJ : accessed 28 June 2017), Carole Gable in household of Clark Gable, Councilmanic District 1, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-1319, sheet 7B, line 68, family , Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 377.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 636 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA. Plot: Great Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, Sanctuary of Trust, Mausoleum Crypt 5874
  • Morgan, Michelle. Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star. Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom: History Press, 2016.


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