Carole Landis

Carole Landis

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Lowest Rated: 70% Boy Meets Girl (1938)

Birthday: Jan 1, 1919

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.


Highest Rated Movies



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 Secret Command Jill McGann 1944
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 It Happened in Flatbush Kathryn Baker 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Mae Collins 1942
86% I Wake Up Screaming Vicky Lynn 1941
No Score Yet Dance Hall Lily Brown 1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami Barbara Latimer 1941
89% 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 Reno Bit 1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers Nancy Evans 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
70% Boy Meets Girl Commissary Cashier 1938
No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools June Cooper 1938
No Score Yet When Were You Born? Bit Part 1938
No Score Yet Gold Diggers in Paris Bit Part 1938
80% 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
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 Bit Part 1937
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Bit Part 1937
94% 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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