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Blond, beautiful, bright, Lombard was one of the top stars of the frenetic screwball comedies of the mid-1930s, earning a lead actress Oscar nomination for 1936's "My Man Godfrey," in which she played the delightfully ditsy rich girl who falls for her butler (William Powell). Not only did Lombard have crack comedic timing, she also was a flawless physical comedian -- just check out the shower scene in "Godfrey" or the punch in the jaw sequence in 1937's "Nothing Sacred." Equally adept at drama, Lombard was beloved by audiences and by the movers and shakers in Hollywood for being one of the best eggs around. She was married to Clark Gable and died tragically at 33 in a 1942 airplane crash after selling war bonds during a drive in the Midwest.