My favorite movie star of all time, hands down, is Carole Lombard. I know, I know, everyone probably thought my #1 would be Doris Day. And while the race was close, Carole always wins out.
Anyone who loves old movies will not be able to help but adore her. She was the perfect combination of beauty and comedy. Carole was Lucille Ball's icon... Lucy later claimed she patterned herself after Carole. After watching Carole's movies and a thousand I Love Lucy episodes, I can see a lot of similarities.
I highly recommend all of her movies, many of which are sadly unavailable on dvd/video. But Turner Classic movies plays a wide variety. Some of my favorites are: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the only romantic comedy ever directed by Hitchcock), My Man Godfrey (which also stars William Powell... another great), Love Before Breakfast (the ultimate in screwball comedy), and last but not lease, my very favorite, True Confessions. This movie co-stars Fred MacMurray. They were an often combined team, but this is the best of their movies. Fred is a straight laced lawyer, and Carole plays his zany, fib-telling-prone wife. You wont be disappointed.