(2012) Carole Lombard "The Racketeer" IN LIVING COLOR(1929) aka – Rhoda Philbrooke – Illustration No.53 – Drawn on 96lb Canson Sheet Stock Paper - Graphite Pencils used: H, 2H, 4H, B, 3B, 5B, 6B - Drawing time: 14 Hours.
Carole Lombard ( Born October 6th, 1908 – Died January 16th, 1942) was an American Actress. She starred in an Amazing 60 Movies in her shorten career. She is particularly noted for her roles in
the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She is listed as one of the AFF American Film Institute’s greatest stars of all time and was the highest paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. earning around $500,000 per year (more than five times the salary of the US President).
When the US entered World War II at the end of 1941, Lombard traveled to her home state of Indiana for a war bond rally with her mother, Bess Peters, and Clark Gable’s press agent, Otto Winkler. Lombard was able to raise a Record Breaking $2 Million Dollars in defense bonds in a single evening. Her Party was scheduled to return to Los Angeles by Train, but Lombard was anxious to get home quicker, she suggested a coin flip deciding if they would travel by train or Plane.
In the Early Morning hours of January 16th, 1942, Lombard, her Mother, and Winkler boarded a Transcontinental and Western Air DC-3 to return to California. Approximately 23 Minutes into the Flight, The Plane crashed into “Double Up Peak” all 22 aboard, including 15 army servicemen, were killed instantly. Shortly after her death the United States Government commission a new Liberty Ship to be named after the late film star, “The SS Carole Lombard”.