Carole's Final Year & Last Recording

Carole Landis 1948

Carole had spent the Winter of 1947 working in England. When she returned to California in March of 1948 she immediately filed for divorce from her fourth husband Horace Schmidlapp. She hired attorney Jerry Giesler and told Horace all she wanted was the house and her personal belongings. The reason for the divorce was because she had fallen in love with married actor Rex Harrison. Their affair was a secret until March 16 when Walter Winchell wrote in his column that Rex would be Carole's next husband. In the Spring of 1948 she had a photo shoot with Robert Freude in Hollywood. These would be her last professional pictures. She put her Pacific Palisades home up for sale and signed on to star in the Eagle-Lion film Madame X. Unfortunately she was having some health problems due to the dysentery she had contracted during the war. Her nephew Walter said that when he saw her on Easter Sunday she was very sick and had lost a lot of weight.

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Carole photographed by Robert Freude in 1948

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Carole at a women's baseball game in April of 1948

Carole attended an all women's baseball game in April of 1948 where she met with the players. Then in June she was photographed at a Hollywood party with Rory Calhoun. Sadly this would be her final public appearance. During the next few weeks she spent most of her free time gardening and preparing to move. She had dinner with Rex almost every night. In late June she sent a letter to her longtime friend Freda. Carole wrote "I am getting ready to start a new picture in about two more weeks. I have sold my house here and am clearing up a lot of personal matters before returning to England in the middle of August." On July 2, 1948 she went shopping in Beverly Hills with a friend. She told her "I've never been so happy in all my life. The sun's shining. It's a wonderful day!". Carole ran into writer Crawford Dixon on Rodeo Drive. When he asked her about marrying Rex she replied "Oh, I'd love to marry him but you know how those things are." Crawford later said that she looked happy and vivacious. Later that afternoon she went to Star Records at 6525 Sunset Boulevard to make a recording for her fans. Tragically just three days later Carole would be found dead after taking her own life.

You can listen to her final recording here ...


Carole Landis Record
Carole's final recording from Star Records

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