1930's Hollywood Power Couple: Clark Gable And Carole Lombard's Tragic Love Story

Date March 5, 2018 12:58

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were the Hollywood power couple of the 1930s. They met when they were still very married to other people, but their love was clearly meant to be.


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They met on set

Carole was in an unhappy marriage with the actor William Powell, and Clark was married to the Houston socialite Maria Langham.


Carole recalled the professionalism of their first few encounters acting opposite each other in No Man of Her Own (1932).


She and Clark kept it strictly professional until they met 4 years later. By then, Carole was free  off her marital commitments and Clark was separated from his wife.

Carole's untimely death

At the party where they met years after they worked together, the pair flirted with each other through the night. When Clark asked her to come up to his room, she only said, "Who do you think you are?"


But they got together after that and were inseparable until her untimely death in a plane crash, in 1942.

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Although their marriage was plagued by rumors of Clark's constant affairs, he was very affected by the death of his wife.

When he got to the site of the plane crash, he reportedly tried to make the trip to the top of the 7,800 ft high Nevada mountain where the plane had crashed.

Clark never got over her

The tragedy took place while the Second World War was ongoing and Carole was returning from a War Bonds tour. The crash was caused by, among other things, the blackout of a warning beacon.


The events that led up to her death and the plane crash that killed her were the subject of a book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3.


The author of the book, Robert Matzen, confirmed from close sources that Clark was unfaithful. He was seeing a much younger actress, Lana Turner, just before his wife's death.

Clark, however, joined the army in honor of Carole's wish after her death and when he died in 1960, he was buried next to her in a mausoleum.

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