Eugene Robert Richee (1895-1972), Born in Denver, Colorado is a photographer who worked for Paramount between 1925 and 1935. Between 1936 and 1944, he took jobs occasionally for Louis B. Mayer and MGM. As his talent became more and more prevalent, he was put in charge of the main portrait gallery at Paramount. From 1925 to 1935 took many photographs of Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Veronika Lake and of course Carole Lombard (1908-1942).
Richee passed away on April 21, 1972 in Orange County, California. He was survived by his wife, Levaughn Larson.
But it’s pretty safe to say that he was one of the major contributors to the look, appeal and style of many of the aforementioned divas. A lot of his works are seen and recognized online as iconic photos of film stars, only rarely identified as his own. I chose some of his underrated images , mainly of Carole Lombard…
I first saw Lombard in one of her most famous comic roles “My Man Godfrey” (1936, by Gregory LaCava). I then checked her out in Hitchcock’s ‘Mr. & Mrs Smith” (1941, one of the Hitch’s lesser known works, but still hilarious – no relation to the contemporary adaptation) & then in her last work “To Be Or Not To Be” (1942, by Ernst Lubitsch).
I thought she had a lot of spunk, great comic timing and a lot of talent which was cut short by her premature death. She was returning from a War bond drive in her home state of Indiana, when her plane crashed outside of Las Vegas in 1942, killing her and her mother and 20 other passengers !
I am not the author of these images. All rights go to Paramount pictures.