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's Marriage To Horace Schmidlapp

Carole's Marriage To Willis Hunt

Carole's Last Day

Written By A Friend ~ The Truth About Carole

The Heartbreaking True Story Of Carole Landis

Carole's Cosmetic Surgery

Carole's Marriage To Irving Wheeler

Carole's Films

Broadway & Jacqueline Susann


Radios Shows


Written By Carole ~ United We Stand

Carole's Sister Writes About Their Childhood

Photos From Carole's USO Tour

The Funeral At Forest Lawn

Why Carole Never Had Children

Three Texas Steers (1939)

Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

Carole's Suit From Four Jills In A Jeep

Warner Brothers & Busby Berkeley

A Gentleman At Heart (1941)

Carole's Childhood

Carole & Her First Fan Peggy McKenna