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Actress Carole Landis suicide...



Item # 575940

July 6, 1948

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 6, 1948

* Actress Carole Landis suicide death
* 1st report

This 42 page newspaper has a two column headline on the front page:
"Carole Landis Kills Herself, Leaves Note" with subhead and photo of Landis (see photos).

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Carole Landis (January 1, 1919 – July 5, 1948) was an American film and stage actress whose break-through role was as the female lead in the 1940 film One Million B.C.. Landis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1765 Vine Street.

In 1945, Landis married Broadway producer W. Horace Schmidlapp. By 1948, her career was in decline and her marriage with Schmidlapp was collapsing. She entered into a romance with actor Rex Harrison, who was married to actress Lilli Palmer at the time. Landis was reportedly crushed when Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer, she committed suicide at her Pacific Palisades home by taking an overdose of Seconal. She had spent her final night alive with Harrison. The next afternoon, he and the maid discovered her on the bathroom floor. Harrison called a doctor and the police. According to some sources, Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison who instructed his lawyers to destroy it. During a coroner's inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for her suicide and told the coroner he did not know of the existence of a second suicide note.

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