“We would have married,” said Carole Lombard about her romance with Russ Columbo.

by Beverly Adam (author of Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo).

“We would have married,” said Carole Lombard during her interview with magazine writer Sonia Lee for Move Screen Magazine in 1934. Russ had been killed and Carole revealed that she had been planning to marry the famous singer whose movie and radio career she had been guiding.

Carole and Russ were young, the same age (twenty-five years old), and very much in love. Carole helped run his career and was guiding him to film stardom. If any couple could be called soulmates they were. They were known to have premonitions about each other before they actually occurred.

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Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo

 

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo. Their Friends. Part Two.

By Beverly Adam (author of Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo).

“Carole was crazy about him,” Bing Crosby said during a televised interview on the Joe Franklin Show, and he wasn’t referring to Clark Gable.  He was talking about the greatest love in Carole Lombard’s life, Russ Columbo, with whom Bing had been both friend and rival  during the early 1930’s.

Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo were both twenty-five  years old  and very much in  love in 1933.  Their studios, however, weren’t happy. They wanted the couple to  be seen as  single. And if Carole was to be in love, Paramount wanted it to be with George Raft, her co-star in Bolero, not the handsome crooner.  A lot of money and publicity had been invested to make that impression. .

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Carole Lombard and Russ, notice what finger the ring is on?

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 Sally Blane, sister of Loretta Young, had met Russ four years before, during a break when he was performing at The Cocoanut Grove. Sally, Russ, and his friend Lansing Brown, the photographer,

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Lansing Brown

were close friends, and the threesome  were often seen about Hollywood at different parties and at Russ’s performances.

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Sally Blane

 

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Dixie Lee with her husband Bing Crosby and their newborn, Gary

In September of 1933, the publicity department was working overtime putting out the rumor that Russ Columbo was afraid to meet Bing Crosby on the set of We’re Not Dressing, where his girlfriend Carole Lombard was performing  on Catalina Island.  

Russ and Bing Crosby had been friends and had worked together with  the Gus Arnheim Orchestra before then, and Russ “had always hated the idea” of being rivals with Bing Crosby. They soon would bury the hatchet.

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Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo’s friends. Part One.

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Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo

Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo were called by the magazine gossip wags in 1934, “the most charming” couple in Hollywood. They each had an entourage of friends, family, and Hollywood notables who surrounded them.

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Carole Lombard and her first husband, William Powell

Carole watched “The Valentino of The Radio”, Russ Columbo sing at the Cocoanut Grove in August of 1933. She was  recently divorced from her first husband, the suave actor, William Powell (The Thin Man).

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Wesley Ruggles and his wife Arline Judge. They were close friends with both Russ and Carole and attended their parties.

Carole had met Russ before at several parties, including one at the home of Wesley Ruggles, who had directed her and Clark Gable in No Man of Her Own. She and Russ had also partied together at  a  celebration hosted by  William (Bill) Powell, two months before she married Powell. Russ played the piano and sang Christmas Carols with Bill and actor Edmond Lowe(seen below), with whom Carole had been in the movie Marriage by Transit ( 1932).

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Years later, Carole and Russ met again when he sang at The Cocoanut Grove. They say eyes are the windows to the soul,  and theirs met. They fell deeply in love, beginning an unforgettable romance.

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The Cocoanut Grove

Russ was singing with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra and wearing his signature white tuxedo with a black tie. He had just debuted in his first major supporting movie role in Broadway Thru A Keyhole with actress Constance Cummings. The  music he had composed was timeless. He had a huge fan base and his voice was heard from coast to coast in the USA. The singer Perry Como would years later make the love song Russ wrote, The Prisoner of Love, a number #1 hit on the music charts in 1946.

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Constance Cummings and Russ Columbo

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Russ Columbo, Madalynne Fields, Carole Lombard, and John Barrymore

Carole’s closest friend was Madalynne Fields (aka: Fieldsie). They had met during her early career in Sennett’s comedies in the 1920’s. Fieldsie helped Carole advance her career and was her friend, as well as her personal secretary.

George Raft was the ex-gangster/ actor whom Carole dated publicly while under pressure from Paramount to promote the movie Bolero.  Mack Gray was George’s bodyguard and friend. Mack was dating Lucille Ball.

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Lucille Ball, George Raft, actress Virginia Pine, Joanie (Virginia’s daughter), Mack Gray (his bodyguard.

Lucille Ball, George Raft, actress Virginia Pine, Joanie (Virginia’s daughter), Mack Gray (bodyguard).

“Who is Walter Lang?” I was asked by a reader. He was a director and a member of Carole’s close knit entourage, attending all her parties and sometimes helping out. He would  later play a role in helping Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s romance, which was under wraps as Carole told the press, “Clark’s married. We’re just friends.”  The press indicated Lang and Lombard weren’t compatible, thus ensuring that Gable could later stroll onto the scene as “the one” after he and his oil heiress wife, Rhea Langham (Gable’s second wife), finally divorced. Fieldsie and Walter married in 1937  and had one son, Richard. Fieldsie, with her encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood, then began to help her husband’s career and raise their child.

That’s all for now folks! I’ll be back with Part Two and introduce you to some of Russ’s entourage which included the lovely actress Sally Blane.

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Carole directed by Walter Lang in Love Before Breakfast in 1936.

By Beverly Adam (author of Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo)

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The Lady and The Captain

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Book reviewed by Christine Shoup of Rakehell Magazine

I believe this is the second book in the Irish (The Honorable Gentlemen #2) series by Beverly S. Adam.

Lieutenant Robert Smythe of his majesty’s ship The Brunswick would do anything to save his commanding officer, Captain Jackson. The Captain turned deathly ill two days ago but had been mysteriously sick for almost two weeks now. His last hope was a healer west coast of Ireland – Varrick Island. Dark hair, tall and muscular – he was the male version of a siren and built like a veritable god. He had a powerful presence. His beautiful brown eyes were like whiskey on the soul. For years, Lt. Robert Smythe’s mistress had been the sea. Upon reaching Portsmouth he would be looking for a wife. At least that was the plan until the Captain took ill.

Wise Sarah Duncan was an orphan found abandoned and floating in a wee tar boat on the sea. The villagers on the mainland say she’s a changeling fairy. In reality she’s the daughter of Gladys Clougheen’s, a renowned healer whom some villagers believe to be a witch. Sarah had cornflower blue eyes and long golden hair. She now lived on her own in Urlingford village in the rolling green hills of Kilkarney, Ireland. Sarah was previously engaged to a blacksmith but he died of typhus upon the sea. Now she was just hoping to find peace and happiness and a life all her own.

Together, Robert and Sarah work to heal the Captain. In doing so they must also find a treasonous culprit. The plan was that Sarah would pose as Robert’s betrothed while aboard The Brunswick and they would seek answers from anyone and everyone who had any contact with the Captain.

I liked this book. The characters are strong and the story is well written. The supporting cast of nautical riff-raff gave a the book a wonderful and colorful spin that supported the protagonists perfectly. I feel as though there is another book in the making though. There is a lot more to this story to be told, I can feel it. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long. This book is a lovely quick read perfect for a flight or day at the beach. Honestly, I feel as though I learned a lot along the way too. Ms. Adam has filled the book chock full of interesting historical, nautical and various other factoids. I thought it was pretty cool stuff. I love to learn things when I least expect to be taught anything at all!

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The Lady and The Captain

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Review by Christine Shoup of Rakehell Magazine (not paid for review)

Lieutenant Robert Smythe of his majesty’s ship The Brunswick would do anything to save his commanding officer, Captain Jackson. The Captain turned deathly ill two days ago but had been mysteriously sick for almost two weeks now. His last hope was a healer west coast of Ireland – Varrick Island. Dark hair, tall and muscular – he was the male version of a siren and built like a veritable god. He had a powerful presence. His beautiful brown eyes were like whiskey on the soul. For years, Lt. Robert Smythe’s mistress had been the sea. Upon reaching Portsmouth he would be looking for a wife. At least that was the plan until the Captain took ill.

Wise Sarah Duncan was an orphan found abandoned and floating in a wee tar boat on the sea. The villagers on the mainland say she’s a changeling fairy. In reality she’s the daughter of Gladys Clougheen’s, a renowned healer whom some villagers believe to be a witch. Sarah had cornflower blue eyes and long golden hair. She now lived on her own in Urlingford village in the rolling green hills of Kilkarney, Ireland. Sarah was previously engaged to a blacksmith but he died of typhus upon the sea. Now she was just hoping to find peace and happiness and a life all her own.

Together, Robert and Sarah work to heal the Captain. In doing so they must also find a treasonous culprit. The plan was that Sarah would pose as Robert’s betrothed while aboard The Brunswick and they would seek answers from anyone and everyone who had any contact with the Captain.

I liked this book. The characters are strong and the story is well written. The supporting cast of nautical riff-raff gave a the book a wonderful and colorful spin that supported the protagonists perfectly. I feel as though there is another book in the making though. There is a lot more to this story to be told, I can feel it. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long. This book is a lovely quick read perfect for a flight or day at the beach. Honestly, I feel as though I learned a lot along the way too. Ms. Adam has filled the book chock full of interesting historical, nautical and various other factoids. I thought it was pretty cool stuff. I love to learn things when I least expect to be taught anything at all!