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Lombarde, Carole

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(1908-1942)

    One of the leading screen comediennes of the 1930s and 1940s, Lombard was known for her wit and charm, as expressed in comedy classics like Twentieth Century and To Be or Not To Be. She was sorely missed when she died tragically in a plane crash while returning from a war bond drive. Her second husband, Clark Gable, was devastated by her death.

    Lombard was one of the guesses Fudd made in A Wild Hare (Avery, 1940) when Bugs covers his eyes. Reissue prints replaced her name with Barbara Stanwyck’s as a matter of respect.

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