1940. Carole Landis, 21 years old and an icon in the making, shows off her charms, which are considerable. An article in the 17 June 1940 issue of LIFE magazine notes that:
Her exceptional physical attributes . . . proved an initial Hollywood drawback to Miss Landis. Her boyfriends objected to her widely distributed leg art. Her fans on occasion became so fervent that one had to be put in jail for writing too impulsive letters. Her directors sometimes complained that her curves interfered with their stories.
A caption on the back of the photo reads:
HOLLYWOOD DELIGHT – – Carole Landis rose from the ranks of film dancers to the top roles in four new Hollywood productions this year. A finished dramatic actress in addition to being a blonde venus [sic], Miss Landis has recently been assigned the leading feminine role in Paramount’s “Mystery Sea Raider,” opposite Henry Wilcoxon. She got her start as a dancer in one of the early “Gold Digger” musicals. She keeps that trim figure by playing tennis, badminton and by bowling.