Carole Landis

Carole Landis

Original Name Frances Lillian Mary Ridste
Fairchild, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 5 Jul 1948 (aged 29)
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Everlasting Love section, Map #A16, Lot 814, Single Ground Interment Space 8 (next to curb)
Memorial ID 599 · View Source
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Actress. A popular film star of the 1930s and 1940s, she was dubbed the "Sweater Girl" early in her career. Born in Fairchild, Wisconsin, under the name of Frances Lillian Mary Ridste, her father, Alfred Ridste, a railroad mechanic, abandoned his wife, Clara Stentek Ridste, and their three children to fend for themselves at the beginning of the Great Depression. At age 15, Carole married Irving Wheeler, but the union was quickly annulled (the couple remarried in 1934). She worked as a dancer and singer, but in 1937 won a studio contract with Warner Brothers Studio, where she played mostly bit parts. In 1939, she divorced Wheeler, and when she was cast as the lead female role in "One Million B.C." (1940), her career began to take off. Soon, however, her career became stuck as leads in "B" Movies and supporting roles in "A" movies, and while she never became one of the industry's elites, she was considered a fine actress. Critics and movie reviewers dwelled on her beauty, and not on her talent. She is known for her role in "Four Jills in a Jeep," based on a popular book of the same name that she wrote about her first USO tour. Considered highly intelligent, generous, and talented, she toured with the USO twice during the war, and almost died in 1945 from amoebic dysentery and malaria that she contracted in the Pacific. Despite a well-received comedy film in 1945, "Having Wonderful Crime," Fox dropped her contract. She had a brief love affair with Rex Harrison, but when that came to an end, with her career stalled and in poor health, she committed suicide in 1948. Rex Harrison, who had dined with her the previous evening, discovered her body the day she died. She worked in over 50 movies, many of her early ones uncredited.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson

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To Our Beloved Carole
Whose Love, Graciousness
And Kindness Touched Us
All - Who Will Always Be
With Us In the Beauties
Of This Earth Until We
Meet Again



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