Fairchild (WQOW) – A 1940s movie star born in Fairchild 100 years ago is now being honored by the town library.
Carole Landis was born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in 1919 and started her acting career at 16.
Her fan club reached out to the Fairchild Public Library a few years ago and donated a display case filled with memorabilia – including iconic photos, her films and a book she wrote.
The fan also commissioned a statue to be made in Landis’ likeness to add to the library’s collection – that was revealed for the first time on Friday.
Library board president Ann Hurst said they are thankful for all the fan club has done to help the library and preserve the town’s history.
“It’s amazing. It’s amazing and it’s touching and it lets you know how many people have been touched by this library over the years,” Hurst said.
Fans of Carole Landis came from as far as Texas and Florida to see the statue’s unveiling.
Gwen Serna said that coming to Fairchild to see Landis’ birthplace has been on her bucket list for a long time.
“It is thrilling this village still remembers Carole Landis,” Serna said. “It is amazing that there are still people that are older and remember some of the family. The fact that the city is so receptive to putting up a display and statue for Carole and remembering her is amazing.”
The Carole Landis Fan Club also donated a Bluray player and TV so Fairchild residents can enjoy her films for free.