Lombard was famous in the Hollywood community for her language. Legend has it she used her vocabulary as sort of a defense mechanism against some of the industry's more unsavory folk (important to an actress starting out in the business), actually learning some of the terms from her two older brothers. However, she was invariably careful in her use of such words, not using them when children were around. She could swear like a sailor, to be true, but she could also engage in sophisticated, intelligent conversation.Read Garson Kanin's "Hollywood" for a wonderfully vivid description of Carole (whom he directed in "They Knew What They Wanted").
I must read Kanin's Hollywood - it seems to be top of everyone's list. Thanks for the info.
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