Carole Landis In Color

* Carole was born under the astrological sign of Capricorn. She studied astrology and went to psychics for advice. A psychic once warned her that she "must beware of emotional entanglements with men you can't entirely possess".

* She was a feminist at an early age. Carole tried to form an all female football team at her high school but the principal stopped her because it was unladylike.

* From the beginning of her career Carole was being compared to actress Carole Lombard. Although she was a big fan of Miss Lombard the two women never met.

Carole Landis At HomeCarole Landis At Home

* One of her favorite hobbies was decorating. Carole decorated many of her homes herself with an Asian or Spanish theme. She even made her own drapes and lampshades.

* Carole often wore all of her wedding rings as once. She said it was a reminder to never get married again.

* She loved celebrating holidays! Carole always had a party on New Year's (her birthday), Mother's Day, and Easter. She said "I go all sentimental on my birthday and on holidays. Isn't it marvelous?"

Carole Landis Playing Tennis

* Carole was very athletic and loved sports. She played tennis, badminton, and golf. In high school 
she was a pitcher on the baseball team.

* In 1945 she was cast in the musical Doll Face but she quit right before filming began. Vivian Blaine replaced her in the movie.

* She was a big fan of classical music and had a large collection of classical records. Her favorite composers were Debussy and Sibelius.

Carole Landis At The Piano

* Carole could play the piano and bought one for her living room so she could practice. In 1941 she started taking lessons with renowned conductor Jacques Rachmilovich.

* She took flying lessons with her second husband Willis Hunt and got her pilots license in 1941. During World War 2 she flew for the Civilian Air Patrol.

* On April 24, 1942 she legally changed her name from Frances Ridste to Carole Landis. She had picked the name out of a phone book in 1936. Her mother Clara started calling herself "Clara Landis".

Carole Landis Star

* She has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures. The ceremony took place on February 8, 1960. You can visit Carole's star at 1765 Vine Street.

* Carole was going to star in the 1948 movie The Amazing Mr. X but she died before filming began. 
Lynn Bari was given her part in the movie.

* Her favorite actress was Bette Davis. Carole said she watched all of Bette's films three times.

* Carole loved to lay out in the sun and get a deep tan. She used Elizabeth Arden suntan oil in the cafe shade.

Carole Landis

* She enjoyed eating and hated to diet. Her favorite foods were eggs, donuts, and corn on the cob. Carole's last meal on July 4, 1948 as roast chicken, a tossed salad, and lemon chiffon pie.

Her dream was to become a serious dramatic actress. Carole thought Turnabout and A Scandal In Paris were her best movies. Her least favorite role was in Behind Green Lights.

* Carole never wore nail polish. She thought that polish looked vulgar so she would only put it on for photo shoots.

Carole Landis At A Nightclub

* She loved to go out dancing at nightclubs. Her favorite clubs were the El Morocco in Los Angeles and the Stork Club in New York City.

* Even though she never graduated from high school Carole was smart and she loved to read. She was a fan of Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward, and W. Somerset Maugham. In 1941 Hemingway gave her a set of autographed books.

* Carole always wrote a small gold cross necklace. Her close friend Diana Lewis gave it to her in 1938. She was later buried wearing the necklace.

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* Throughout her career Carole often changed her hair color from blonde to brunette. She believed she would be taken more seriously as an actress with darker hair.

* Carole got her very first fan letter from Peggy McKenna in 1937. Peggy later moved to Los Angeles and worked as her stand-in.

 * She once told a reporter that she always slept in the nude when she was alone. Carole said that if someone was with her she slept in a black nightgown. She also liked to swim in her pool naked!

Carole Landis At The Indy 500
Carole at the Indy 500

 * In May of 1947 Carole attended the Indy 500 car race in Indianapolis. She presented the winner with a trophy.

* She was a very talented photographer. Carole liked to take pictures of her friends and pets. There was a dark room in her Pacific Palisades house where she could develop her own pictures.

* Carole was never nominated for an Academy Award. She was a presenter at the 1942 and 1944 Oscars and she caused a commotion at the 1941 ceremony when her slip fell out of her dress.

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Carole at the 1941 and 1942 Academy Awards