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Carole Landis

Highest Rated:   100% Topper Returns (1941)
Lowest Rated:   67% Boy Meets Girl (1938)
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Birthplace:   Fairchild, Wisconsin
Of Polish and Norwegian descent, Carole Landis moved with her mother and siblings from Wisconsin to California, where at age seven she made her inauspicious stage debut in an amateur talent show. Within five years, Carole began winning beauty contests. In high school, she was only interested in athletics, organizing a girl's football team which was dissolved by the principal on the grounds that it was "unladylike." Married at 15 and separated a few weeks later, Carole dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. She was principal singer and star hula dancer at the Royal Hawaiian club in San Francisco. Entering films in 1937 as a bit actress, Carole played a thankless leading role in the 1939 serial Daredevils of the Red Circle. Later that year, she was selected to play the prehistoric heroine of Hal Roach's One Million BC; according to Roach, she won the role on the basis of her athletic prowess and running ability. Signed at Roach, Carole was dubbed "The Ping Girl" in the studio's publicity, appearing in comedy leads in Turnabout, Road Show, and Topper Returns (all 1941). In 1941, half of Carole's Roach contract was purchased by 20th Century-Fox. She received good reviews for her performances in such Fox films as I Wake Up Screaming (1941), Orchestra Wives (1942) and My Gal Sal (1942). In 1942, Carole joined Martha Raye, Kay Francis and Mitzi Mayfair for a Hollywood Victory Committee tour of the British isles. She wrote a book on the subject of this tour, Four Jills in A Jeep, which in 1944 was filmed by Fox with the four actresses starring. Carole was one of the most tireless performers on the USO circuit, at one point contracting malaria but insisting upon maintaining her hectic schedule. On the home front, she was a principal fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. After briefly appearing in a 1945 Broadway musical, Carole returned to films, but her star had eclipsed and she had to make do with B pictures. In 1948, Carole Landis committed suicide.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Brass Monkey
  • Kay Sheldon
1951
No Score Yet Noose
  • Linda Medbury
1948
No Score Yet Out of the Blue
  • Mae Earthleigh
1947
71% A Scandal in Paris
  • Loretta
1946
No Score Yet Behind Green Lights
  • Janet Bradley
1946
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Crime
  • Helene Justus
1945
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep
  • Herself
1944
No Score Yet Wintertime
  • Flossie Fouchere
1943
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives
  • Natalie
1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal
  • Mae Collins
1942
83% I Wake Up Screaming
  • Vicky Lynn
1941
No Score Yet Dance Hall
  • Lily Brown
1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami
  • Barbara Latimer
1941
100% Topper Returns
  • Ann Carrington
1941
No Score Yet Road Show
  • Penguin Moore
1941
No Score Yet Turnabout
  • Sally Willows
1940
No Score Yet One Million B.C.
  • Loana
1940
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers
  • Nancy Evans
1939
No Score Yet Reno
  • Bit
1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle
  • Blanche
1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd
  • Lansford's 2nd Secretary
1938
67% Boy Meets Girl
  • Commissary Cashier
1938
No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools
  • June Cooper
1938
No Score Yet Gold Diggers in Paris
  • Bit Part
1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Hat Check Girl
1937
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde
  • Bit Part (uncredited)
1937
No Score Yet Varsity Show
  • Bit Part
1937
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1938
  • Bit Part
1937
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks
  • Bit Part
1937
100% A Day at the Races
  • Extra
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Girl in beret (Santa Anita bar)
1937
No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl
  • Actor
1937

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