Candid snaps of Carole Landis. Born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in Fairchild, Wisconsin on January 1,1919. Actress, singer, author and template for all wounded child blonde bombshell suicides - she truly was (as she was rumored to be) "Jennifer North" in Jaqueline Susann's sleazy best seller, The Valley of the Dolls. During World War II, she loved her boys. No female showbiz personality traveled more miles entertaining them. Malaria and amoebic dysentery (a lethal combination that I and my brothers knew well) nearly killed her. The sudden dull thud of the post war years and a fast fading film career eventually did. (Above photo, Jack Benny's USO Troupe. Top row - Jack Benny, Larry Adler. Bottom row - June Bruner, Martha Tilton, Carole Landis)
Larry Adler was a virtuoso harmonica player - perhaps the greatest ever to play the instrument. Classical composers Ralph Vaughn Williams and Darius Milhaud wrote entire works for him. His later years saw him working with Sting, Elton John and Kate Bush and.....Richie Sambora??!!!!??. Oh well, they can't all be great. He died in England, one of many Americans who were forced abroad during the McCarthy Era(Hello Wisconsin!). Download some
Mp3's and you'll become a Larry Adler fan.
A native Papuan's reaction to Jack Benny's violin playing is very similar to our own.
June Bruner, Larry Adler, Carole and Jack.
Carole climbs down from a PBY.