27 February 2014

Edited by Carole and Ginger

During the 1920s/ 1930s, Screen Book was a popular movie fan magazine which occasionally brought in famous movie stars to appear as guest editors. For the issue of April 1936, Carole Lombard was hired. I'm not sure if Carole did much editing, but she wrote two guest columns, "Speaking about my clothes" and "With the editor in Hollywood" (image above), and also added handwritten comments to articles (image below, for example, shows Carole's comment on an article about Katharine Hepburn: "An amusing fact story about a colorful actress we all admire. Carole Lombard").


Before Carole Lombard, there were others who had served as guest editor for Screen Book. One of Carole's predecessors was fellow actress and friend Ginger Rogers. On 22 January 1936, Ginger sent the following telegram to Carole, congratulating her and wishing her luck on her new job:


Via: carole and co

Transcript:

LOS ANGELES CALIF JAN 22 1936

CAROLE LOMBARD CARE SCREEN BOOK MAGAZINE

7046 HOLLYWOOD BLVD = HOLLYWOOD CALIF =

SO NOW THEYVE GOT YOU DOING IT STOP LOOK OUT CAROLE PRINTERS INK GETS IN THE BLOOD ALSO THE FINGERNAILS STOP I KNOW BECAUSE I USED TO BE A MAGAZINE MAN MYSELF STOP DONT FORGET YOU OWE YOUR BIG CHANCE TO ME I GOT OUT ONE EDITION AND THEN THEY GOT ME OUT STOP SERIOUSLY THOUGH YOULL GET A BIG BANG OUT OF BEING AN EDITOR AND I KNOW YOULL DO A SPLENDID JOB CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR A BIGGER AND BETTER BOOK=

GINGER ROGERS.


2 comments:

  1. I didn't know about this guest-editing. Very interesting.

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  2. More examples of Lombard as editor can be seen at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672326.html and http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672670.html.

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