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

Was Carole In Girls On Probation?

Carole's Cosmetic Surgery

Three Texas Steers (1939)

Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

Carole's Suit From Four Jills In A Jeep