In her musicals, Carole usually sang in her own voice.
Rex Harrison, who had dined with her the previous night, discovered her body the day she committed suicide.
Became friendly with future author Jacqueline Susann in 1944 when they appeared together in the Broadway revue "The Lady Says Yes". The character of fragile, blonde Jennifer North in "Valley of the Dolls" is partially based on Landis.
Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Everlasting Love area, Lot #814, Section #8.
She initiated divorce proceedings against her last husband in March 1948 but the divorce was not final when she died.
Two older siblings: Dorothy Ridste Ross, born 1917, and Lawrence Ridste.
Spent more time visiting troops during World War 2 than any other Hollywood star. She nearly died from malaria she contracted while traveling overseas.
According to a biography of Darryl F. Zanuck, she had a brief affair with him.
Carole protested strongly and publicly against the nonsensical nickname "Ping Girl" (apparently short for "purring") coined by Hal Roach publicist Frank N. Seltzer in April 1940.
A keen amateur photographer, she developed her own pictures.
Parents: Alfred Ridste, Norwegian railroad mechanic; Clara Stentek Ridste (Polish). They separated when Carole was a baby.
Measurements: 37C-24-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
She was the youngest of five children. Two of her brothers died when they were toddlers. Jerome was burned by scalding water and Lewis was accidentally shot.
Actress Diana Lewis once gave Carole a gold cross as a gift. Carole wore the cross for the rest of her life and was even buried wearing it.
Carole desperately wanted to become a mother but she suffered from endometriosis and could not have children. She had numerous other health problems during her life including dysentery, malaria, pneumonia, and depression.
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