Carole Landis

Carole Landis
Columbia Pictures


Carole Landis
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Frances Ridste on Jan. 1, 1919 in Fairchild, Wis.
Died July 5, 1948 of suicide in Brentwood, Calif.

In a 1941 article for Photoplay, the glamorous Carole Landis wrote: "Glamour girls are suckers!"

"So you might rightly hail me, 'Hi Sucker!' because, as the nicks on a gun indicate how many men a killer has got, nicks on the heart of a glamour girl indicate how many men she didn't get!

"There is very little I can do about it, either. Being a glamour girl doesn't help any. I can only do what other girls do, cry my eyes out at night, hope and pray, pretend I don't care, do the best acting job of my career for the benefit of friends and family, for the sake of my own pride."

The star of "One Million B.C." wanted "love, marriage, home, children" more than anything, but in 1948, when Rex Harrison refused to leave wife Lilli Palmer for her, Landis took a bottle of sleeping pills before a scheduled lunch date with Harrison. She may have intended just to scare him, but Harrison found her dead, her head resting atop her jewelry box.

When she died at 29, Landis already had been married four times. She wed for the first time when she was a 15-year-old sweater girl at San Bernardino High. The marriage to writer Irving Wheeler lasted 25 days and she returned to high school to graduate in 1936.

In 1937, her heart set on a film career, she got her first job as a chorus girl in a Warner Bros. picture. Although her film career took off, in the ways of the heart Landis counted only unhappiness. At the time of her suicide, she was in the process of divorcing her fourth husband, theatrical producer W. Horace Schmidlapp.

In the suicide note she left for her mother, Landis said: "I'm really, really sorry to put you through this but there is no way to avoid it."

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