guess who?

She was nicknamed “The Hoosier Tornado”.

She was signed to an acting contract after being spotted playing baseball in the street.

She never had a dressing room when shooting a movie. Instead, she preferred to socialize with the cast and crew members during her breaks.

In describing her, director Howard Hawks said, "Marvelous girl. Crazy as a bedbug.”

Part of her honeymoon with Clark Gable was at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs. The Inn continues to operate to this day and anyone can stay in the same room, called "The Library Suite" today. The room remains largely unaltered since the Gables stayed there more than 60 years ago.

She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty in WWII. Roosevelt greatly admired her work for the war effort. She was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.


Erika said...

That must have been SOME baseball game. I have absolutely no idea who this is, but I might add "crazy as a bedbug" to a list of fun epigrams.

Millie Motts said...

Answer: Carole Lombard. (Irene in My Man Godfrey)

Scott said...

Well, Erika, Blaine is always telling us about the histrionics of professional sports. You have to practice that kind of thing right from the beginning if you want to make it big.

Erika said...

Ah. Should I mention that I found her a little (cough, gads, cough) annoying in that role? I would have to see some of her other work to see if it was typecasting or not. ;)