Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 - January 16, 1942) was an American actress. She was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She made her film debut at the age of 12 in A Perfect Crime (1921) (There has been some speculation that she was actually a few years older than her given birthdate). In the 1920s she worked in several low-budget productions. In some of her early movies she was credited as Jane Peters, and then as Carol Lombard. In 1925 she was signed as a contract player with 20th Century Fox. She also worked for Mack Sennett and Pathe Pictures. She became a well known actress and managed to make a smooth transition to sound films, starting with High Voltage (1929). In 1930 she began working as for Paramount Pictures.
Carole Lombard became one of Hollywood's top comedy actresses in the 1930s. It was a comedy, My Man Godfrey (1936) for which received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.
She married actor William Powell in 1931; they divorced two years later. She married Clark Gable in 1939.
Carole Lombard was killed in a airplane crash in Nevada when returning from a War Bond tour in 1942. She is interred next to Clark Gable in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.