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Monday, March 3, 2014

Carole Lombard Biographer Hosts Film Screening Tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

A locally based expert on the Hollywood legend, and her untimely death, hosts a screening of one her best-loved films at the North Side’s Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Robert Matzen, author of Fireball: Carole Lombard & The Mystery of Flight 3, will introduce the 1936 comedy My Man Godfrey. The film starred the great comic actress alongside William Powell.

Lombard died in a plane crash in the Mojave Desert in 1942. Matzen, formerly a filmmaker for NASA, has spoken as an expert on the actress’ life in BBC documentaries and elsewhere. He has explored not only her on-screen roles but her life as a women’s-rights advocate, wife of Clark Gable and the highest-paid woman in Hollywood.

Matzen says Fireball contains many previously unknown photos and newly uncovered evidence about Lombard and especially about the crash.

Tomorrow’s screening, part of a festival honoring Powell, a native of Allegheny City, is at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 416 W. North Ave.

For more information on Fireball, see www.goodknightbooks.com.

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