CAROLE LANDIS Disappointed with the reaction to one film, she has high hopes for Having Wonderful Crime. Typed Letter signed: “Carole Landis”, 1p, 7¼x10½. No place, 1944 April 26. On personal letterhead to “Dear Jim”. In full: “Although I am due at CBS for the Orson Welles show I shall positively steal the time to answer your grand letter before I go. Thanks a million for the many clippings. I’m afraid the picture hasn’t had as good a press as I hoped. Your comments were, as always, honest and helpful. I’m very enthusiastic about my new picture and hope it turns out well. Am really up to my ears at the moment, for we start ‘Having Wonderful Crime’ on Monday, bright and early. Have got to dash to the studio now, but would love to hear from you, your very first chance to write. Good luck”. Accompanied by envelope with typed address of James Pattarini, Elmhurst, N.Y., postmarked Los Angeles, California, April 27, 1944. Born in poverty as Frances Ridste, Carole Landis (1919-1948) adopted her stage name in honor of Carole Lombard, her favorite actress. She played minor parts for Warner Bros. in the late 1930s, until her role in One Million B.C. (1940) made her a star. Possessing both a stunning figure (which made her a favorite World War II pinup) and a fine singing voice, she starred or co-starred in films of the early 1940s, including 1941’s Moon Over Miami and I Wake Up Screaming. During World War II, nobody in Hollywood was as dedicated to overseas USO tours as Landis, who contracted dysentery and malaria while boosting the morale of the troops. Her account of her wartime travels, Four Jills in a Jeep, appeared as a book and 1944 movie in which she and her co-stars play themselves. Landis was linked romantically with many big Hollywood names, including Busby Berkeley, Daryl Zanuck, Charlie Chaplin and Rex Harrison, who discovered her, dead of a drug overdos… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. DOCUMENT 218323
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