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Carole Landis

Film Actress / Stage Actress | * 01/01/1919 († 29, 07/05/1948) | Fairchild, Wisconsin (United States of America (USA))
Carole Landis (born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste; January 1, 1919 – July 5, 1948) was an American actress and singer. She worked as a contract player for Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1940s. Her breakout role was as the female lead in the 1940 film One Million B.C. from United Artists. Landis was known as "The Ping Girl" and "The Chest" because of her curvy figure. ()

In 1935, after high school and a brief marriage in San Bernardino, California, Frances Ridste ran away to San Francisco to work as a nightclub dancer and band singer under the stage name Carole Landis. She got to Hollywood at age 17 in 1936 and got mostly extra work, but in 1937 she landed a contract with Warner Bros. However, Warners gave her mostly bit parts in B pictures and in the chorus of Busby Berkeley pictures for the 15 films she made for them. Her "break" came when Hal Roach cast her as the skin-clad lead in his hit One Million B.C. (1940) and in three fine comedies, then sold her contract to 20th Century-Fox. She played "B" leads and "A" supporting roles in her first 12 Fox films, with a notable dramatic performance in I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Critics dwelled on her fresh-faced beauty, seldom mentioning her acting and comedy potential. Carole wrote a book about her first wartime USO tour, entertaining troops in England and North Africa; in the film version, Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), you can get a glimpse of the kind of talent she really had, and which Fox was wasting. Absent from film work most of that year because of USO tours in the Pacific, Carol returned to Hollywood weakened by amoebic dysentery, malaria, and near-fatal pneumonia only to find the film dismissed as "self-praise". After Having Wonderful Crime (1945)--perhaps her best comedy--and two B pictures, her Fox contract was dropped. Ostracized in Hollywood due to her ardent feminism and rumors about sexual peccadillos, she made her last two films in England. With a stalled career, poor health, failed marriages, financial problems, and the ending of a torrid affair with married Rex Harrison, Carole Landis committed suicide with Seconal in 1948. Intelligent, generous, talented and gorgeous, she was only 29.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Movies with Carole Landis as Actress(62)

as Kay Sheldon1948 Brass Monkey
as Linda Medbury1948 Noose
as Mae Earthleigh1947 Out of the Blue
as Janet Bradley1946 Behind Green Lights
as Loretta de Richet1946 A Scandal in Paris
as Julia Andrews1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
as Helene Justus1945 Having Wonderful Crime
as herself1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
as Jill McCann1944 Secret Command
as herself1943 Show-Business at War
as Flossie Fouchere1943 Wintertime
as Kay Evans1943 The Powers Girl
as Edna Fraser1942 Manila Calling
as Mae Collins1942 My Gal Sal
as Natalie Mercer1942 Orchestra Wives
as Helen Mason1942 A Gentleman at Heart
as Kathryn Baker1942 It Happened in Flatbush
as Ann Carrington1941 Topper Returns
as Vicky Lynn1941 I Wake Up Screaming
as Barbara Latimer, aka Miss Sears1941 Moon Over Miami
as Lili Brown1941 Dance Hall
as Penguin Moore1941 Road Show
as Sally Willows1940 Turnabout
as Loana1940 One Million B.C.
as June McCarthy1940 Mystery Sea Raider
as Blanche Granville1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle
as Nancy Evans1939 Three Texas Steers
as June Jones1939 Cowboys from Texas
as Mrs. Humphrey1939 Reno
as Wheel Watcher at Party (uncredited)1938 Love, Honor and Behave
as Lansford's 2nd Secretary1938 Four's a Crowd
as Guest at Banquet (uncredited)1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
as Girl at Fair (uncredited)1938 Penrod's Double Trouble
as Partygoer Leaning on Piano During Song1938 A Slight Case of Murder
as Patient in Hospital1938 The Patient in Room 18
as Ship Passenger (uncredited)1938 When Were You Born
as Peggy - Girl at Beach1938 Over the Wall
as Extra1938 Girls on Probation
as Carol1938 Blondes at Work
as Miss Leopard 1938 (uncredited)1938 Torchy Blane in Panama
as Woman Wanting to Go with Her Johnnie1938 The Invisible Menace
as Commissary Cashier1938 Boy Meets Girl
as Golddigger1938 Gold Diggers in Paris
as June Cooper (uncredited)1938 Men Are Such Fools
as Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)1938 Women Are Like That
as Party Girl (uncredited)1937 Alcatraz Island
as Blonde Sunbather1937 She Loved a Fireman
as Girl on Pier1937 Missing Witnesses
as Chorine (uncredited)1937 The King and the Chorus Girl
as Party Guest (uncredited)1937 A Day at the Races
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)1937 Broadway Melody of 1938
as Blonde at Airport (uncredited)1937 Fly Away Baby
as Bit Role (uncredited)1937 The Adventurous Blonde
as Hat Check Girl with Coat (uncredited)1937 Hollywood Hotel
as Girl in Beret at Santa Anita Bar (uncredited)1937 A Star Is Born
as Student (uncredited)1937 Varsity Show
as Bidder (uncredited)1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
as Co-ed1937 Over the Goal
as Chorus Girl (uncredited)1936 Gold Diggers of 1937

Full Name: Carole Landis
Born: Wednesday, 01/01 1919 (January) in Fairchild, Wisconsin (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 07/05 1948 (July) in Pacific Palisades (aged: 29)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: San Bernardino High School
Spouses (current/former): W. Horace Schmidlapp
Other names for Carole Landis (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Frances Lillian Mary Ridste"
Carole Landis frequently works together with these people:
Hal B. Wallis (10x, Crew)
John Harron (10x, Actor)
Jack L. Warner (10x, Crew)
Howard Shoup (9x, Crew)
Cliff Saum (8x, Actor)
Glen Cavender (8x, Actor)
Bryan Foy (8x, Crew)
Bess Flowers (7x, Actress)
Stuart Holmes (7x, Actor)
Jack Mower (7x, Actor)
Sol Gorss (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:302846, Added: 08/11/2018, Last updated: 07/04/2021