The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on July 6, 1948 · 10
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 10

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Tuesday, July 6, 1948
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0 0m rr.m'iimi33JVs era FATHER SGOUTS SUICIDE STORY Carole Started Career n S. F. When Only 16 Daughter Carole Quite Normal, He Says in Richmond Home V to ,H ORIENT "LUXURETTE" sleeper ComfortabU Relaxing CARGO PASSENGERS MAIL Scheduled Flights San Francisco to Shanghai via Hongkong MARK CARGO... "VIA CNAC"' Send gift parcels Fast Dependable CHINA NATIONAL AVIATION CORPORATION San Francisco Office 355 Stockton Street YUkon 6-6393 or Agents The father of movie actress Carole Landis 'declared yesterday in his modest Richmond home that he "didn't believe Carole committed suicide." The father, Alfred L. Ridste, 57, a machinist employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for twenty seven years, said he had received a "perfectly normal" letter from his daughter in March. He last saw her at her home in Santa Monica in 1942. Ridste, informed of his daugh ter's death by neighbors, said he "didn't know what could have caused her to die, but I can't be lleve that she would ever commit suicide." He plans to leave for Los An geles today. His wife, Anne, who became Carole's stepmother when Carole was 7, has been bedridden for six months. Ridste recalled that his daugh ter had left home when she was 15 to marry Irving Wheeler, a writer. The marriage lasted twenty-five days. "She may have been worrying about her four marriages," Ridste suggested. "She wrote rather often, but didn't seem depressed, however." The Ridstes live at 453 Forty- third Street in Richmond, in a five-room cottage on which pay ments are still being made. THEBANKOFCAUFORNIA ;;;oF common As oj Assets Cash and Exchange. .$ 92,697,901.23 United States Securities ($38,171,000.00) . . 150,062,912.34 Sundry Bonds and Stocks ($158,832.40) . . 2,480,822.48 Loans and Discounts 103,671,676.21 Customers' Liability under Letters of Credit and Acceptances 22,694,458.14 Bank Premises 3,589,191.53 Interest Accrued on U. S. Securities . . . 460,365.83 Other Assets 72.197.98 $375,729,525.74 Securities pledged jar Government and Trust Funds and Qualifications for Fiduciary Powers $38,129,832.40 Liabilities Capital.... $ 8,500,000.00 Surplus . - 8,500,000.00 Undivided Profits and Unallocated Reserves 3,315,980.49 Dividend Declared Not Payable 212,500.00 Accrued Taxes, Interest, etc 879,842.32 Letters of Credit and Acceptances 26,794,875.96 Other Liabilities 52.294.39 Deposits Demand $266,464,003.94 Time.... 61,010,028.64 327,474,032.58 $375,729,525.74 Deposits secured in compliance with the law. United Statet Government Deposits..! 7,720,527.91 Trust Funds 6,725,037.20 Other Public Deposits 17,640,359.81 HERBERT V. ALWARD A. R. BALDWIN LOUIS BLOCH FRANK E. Bl CK john e. clsh1ng christian de gl ignf. raymond c. force james j. hunter william kent, jr. marshall p. madison Elliott McAllister silas h. palmer henry s. parsons m. h. rob bins leonard e. wood DIRECTORS Vic-President mad Cshir A ttomey -t- L w Chairman of tb Board, Crown ZJlrHch Cf President, Golden Stat Company, Ltd. President, Matron Navigation Company President, StaufTer Chemical Co. Caterpillar Tractor Co. President William Rent EitaU C. Attorney -at-Law Vice-President Engineer Vice-President, W. R. Grace ft C. Pres., Sao Francisco Remedial Loan Pimm. California Packing Corporation The B&nk of California offers an effective coastwide service with banking offices in San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle. As a customer of one bank, you will find the closelv integrated Trust, Banking and information facilities of all our banks ready for your instant use offering complete Commercial, Foreign, Trust (both personal and corporate), Savings and Safe Deposit services. . - i 111 I Member ftdmrml Ocpowf fnemrmrtem Crpermtm the judge that her husband told her: You're a fool, just like everybody else In the moving: picture business." Next Carole went altarward with Maj. Thomas C. Wallace. The scene was London and the year 1942. Wallace had been a Royal Air Force airman, switch ing to the United States Air Force. Two years later she untied the knot in Las Vegas. Her final try at matrimony came In 1945. She took as her husband wealthy New York pro ducer Horace Schmidlapp. MANY ROMANCES She arrived in Hollywood in March of this year from England where she made two pictures. Promptly she filed suit for di vorce against Schmidlapp and demanded (1) why he had come back to America without her and (2) why he wouldn't answer her telephone calls. She said she hoped they could settle things. And then, In the next breath, she declared: "But you can't have a happy marriage and be parted, as we have been almost from the day of our marriage." Saved $100 Here, Then Headed for Hollywood and Fame Special to The R. F. Fxamlnrr LOS ANGELES, July 5. Attractive, blonde Carole Landis, who enjoyed varying heights of screen and stage success, decided on her own career when only 16 years of age. At the time she was a student at San Bernardino High School. i With plenty of curves to her credit, Carole became the screen's original "sweater girl" and early in her career was coupled with the slogan "The ping girl be cause she makes you purr." Born Frances Ridste in Fair- child, Wis., she had lived most of her days In California first in San Diego. Then in San Bernar dino. Carole or Frances, as she was then dreamed of being an actress. Hollywood was "too close" to make a bid, she reasoned. So after picking the catchy name which she eventually made legal in court Carole headed for San Francisco. FIRST STEPS Her start was most insuspicious at the Royal Hawaiian Cafe, but the little success experienced there was enough. She joined Carl Ravazza's Band and sang. She sang with others, too. Carole never once lost Holly' wood as her goal. After saving $100, she knocked on filmland's door. It didn't open easy. Work was difficult to get. Carole made friends with chorus girls, extras, bit actors- anyone she felt could help her. And finally she got a break. Busby Berkeley was casting dancers for a Warner Brothers picture, "Vanity Girl." WAITS IN LINE Carole stood in line and was picked. When the feminine star re fused a dance solo in the picture, Carole got the assignment. Warner Brothers liked her so much she was signed to a term contract. She played in "Blondes at Work," with Glenda Farrell, and in "Hollywood Hotel." By then she was 18. She had new aspirations, New York and the stage. Carole did a startling thing. She asked Warner Brothers to release her contract. The studio did. Her New York stage venture was anything but successful. Soon she was back again in Hollywood. In 1940 she was cast in "One Million, B. C," with Hal Roach, and later "Topper Returns." RECENT HITS Then Carole signed with Twentieth Century Fox. Her pic tures there included "Moon Over Miami," "Dance Hall," "Hot Spot" and "Cadet Girl." In 1942 she appeared in "My Gal Sal," "It Happened in Flat-bush," "Orchestra Wives" and 'Manila Calling." Recently she did "Out of the Blue" for Eagle-Lion and was scheduled this month to- start 'The Hypnotist," with Turhan Bey. Occupied as she was with mo tion pictures and the stage, Carole still had time for a hec tic career in marriage. She wed four times. Her first husband she was only 15 at the time was Irving Wheeler, a writer. They separat ed after twenty-five days. Several years later Wheeler sued Busby Berkeley for aliena tion of affection. He asked $250,000. ELOPEMENT Carole termed the suit "silly' and it was thrown out of court In 1940, she eloped to Las Vegas with Willis Hunt Jr., yacht broker and society figure. They lasted two months together. Carole got a divorce when she told AGTOR TELLS 0 lour neighborhood Examiner carrier guarantees his service. Take the paper at home. DEATH Rex Harrison Describes Events Leading to Discovery of Body HOLLYWOOD, July 5.-(INS) British film actor Rex Harrison tonight gave this account of finding Carole Landis' body: "I had a luncheon date with Miss LandlS but this morning I went down to the home of Maxwell Anderson in Majibu to discuss a play and I knew I was going to be late. "So at about 11 o'clock I telephoned her home and the maid told me she was still asleep. At about 3 o'clock I came to my own home and telephoned MissXandis and again the maid said she was still sleeping. "I then went over to Miss Landis' home and the maid went up and knocked on her bedroom door and said Miss landis made no answer. That seemed very strange so I went up and knocked on the door and when there was no response entered and found her. "I saw the note to her mother and thought I detected a pulse beat. ' "I tried to find the telephone number of her doctor In her book but couldn't find it and came back to my own home to get the number of my own doctor. "My doctor was away but the man who was handling his practice agreed to come at once. "I then telephoned neighbors to find the number of a doctor who might be closer. They advised me to call St. John's Hospital, which I did. "At St. John's I was advised to call the police, which I did, and then went back to Miss Landis' house. Shortly thereafter the police arrived." 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