Carole's Story

"I should have been a clown. I am always getting slapped. The slaps come from every direction, from the people I want to help, from those I want to love, for the big and little guys I am sorry for." ~ Carole

Carole Landis was one of the most popular stars of the 1940's but unfortunately today she is mostly remembered for her tragic death. She was born Frances Lillian Ridste on January 1, 1919, in Fairchild, Wisconsin. Carole was the youngest of five children. Tragically her brother Jerome had died in 1917 after accidentally being burned with boiling water. Carole's family moved to Montana and her parents divorced. Her mother Clara married a farmer named Charles Fenner but the marriage didn't last. In 1923 Clara moved the family to San Bernardino, California and reunited with Carole's father Alfred Ridste. Soon after Alfred abandoned the family. Clara had to work several jobs and the children were often left alone. Carole formed a close bond with her olde…

Carole At Home

1943 Article ~ Film Star Married An Airman

Carole's Childhood

Carole's Marriage To Irving Wheeler

San Francisco & Hollywood

Warner Brothers & Busby Berkeley

Hal Roach and "The Ping Girl"

Carole's Marriage To Willis Hunt

Carole During World War 2

Carole's Marriage To Tommy Wallace

Photos From Carole's USO Tour

Broadway & Jacqueline Susann

Carole's Marriage To Horace Schmidlapp

Carole In England

Carole's Final Recording

Carole's Last Day

The Funeral At Forest Lawn

The Suicide Inquest

Carole's Estate Auction

Written By A Friend ~ The Truth About Carole

The Heartbreaking True Story Of Carole Landis

Carole's Cosmetic Surgery

Carole's Films


Radios Shows


Written By Carole ~ United We Stand

Carole's Sister Writes About Their Life

Why Carole Never Had Children

Three Texas Steers (1939)