Carole Landis RIP: death photos of forgotten Hollywood beauty


Detectives John M. Laymen, top, and Emmett Jones examine the body of actress Carole Landis in a bathroom (one of four) at her home at 1465 Capri Drive, July 5, 1948.

There is something not quite right about this picture. Landis died in July, so why is there is a fur coat doing on the chair? also what about the full size hairdryer and the array of medicine bottles on the dresser?

It all looks like an elaborately staged set from Citizen Cane, filmed by cinematographer James Toback.

Landis died of an intentional drug overdose and is said to have committed suicide after Rex Harrison refused to leave his wife for her. She started acting in A Star Is Born (1937) and appeared in several b movies including  I wake up Screaming and One Million B.C.

Her life was used in the book the Valley of the Dolls for the character Julia North, Jacqueline Susan is said to have had an affair with Landis. Landis legacy has been an actress who never truly became the star she deserved to be, however the sensational nature of her death mean she will always have a level of notoriety.

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