Better Than "Gone With The Wind": Tragic End Of The Beautiful Love Story Of Carole Lombard And Clark Gable

Date December 19, 2017

If there is anything we love about Hollywood, it is the fact that we are enchanted with stories upon stories of ‘happily ever after’, suggesting to us the hopes that we can also experience such reality.

Love story and tragic end

This reality was the shared experience between legendary Hollywood stars; Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Their history together began, somewhat,  when they co-starred in the 1932 movie, No Man of Her Own, although nothing romantic come out of It at the time.


However, four years later in 1936, the two met at the White Mayfair Ball, in Beverly Hills, of which Lombard was the event’s organizer, and this time the spark that would lead to the fiery romance between both of them was ignited. In the late 1930s as Gable finalized his divorce with his estranged wife, that the two eventually tied the knot.


Life was at its peak for the couple and Hollywood stars as each had need of anything, as they were both enamored of each other. Alas, this happily ever after was cut short, as Carole Lombard in her earnestness to return to her loving husband from a fund-raising trip, was involved in a plane crash.

In spite of the fact that Clark Gables married twice after Carole’s death, it was clear that his life was sadly never the same, as the loss deeply affected him. Upon his death, incidentally, Clark requested that he be buried beside the grave of his much beloved Carole.


Her Story

According to Carole Lombard, their romance was not "love at first sight", as most Hollywood-esque Cinderella stories go. In his book, film director, Garson Kanin, recounted the words of Lombard regarding her initial close encounter with Clark Gable, as a co-star:

[We] did all kinds of hot love scenes...and I never got any kind of tremble out of him at all.

But time and fate would mingle resulting in the two becoming a passionate pair with Carole coming to see beyond the sex-appeal that exuded from Hollywoods top actor to a man turned husband, tender at heart who loved the simpler often child-like things of life.


Carole felt so attached to her husband that she defied warnings to avoid travel by plane due to the treacherous nature of winter climate. This defiance, unfortunately, would cause her death in the ghastly aviation accident.

His Story

It has been reported that at his request, upon his death, Clark Gables was buried next to his 3rd wife, Carole Lombard. Life reportedly was never the same after her death even with two subsequent marriages.

Clark discovered in Carole a virtue and personality he never found in any other woman before or after their marriage. To Clark, Lombard was just the needed match for him, as he once stated regarding Carole:

You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes or your weaknesses, and she wouldn't even know how to think about letting you down.


Lombard, the lively soul with a loving heart was a blessing to Clark who had just survived an uncomfortable divorce. To him, Lombard adored him and he in return loved her profusely. He was once quoted to have said:

It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you've fallen in love with.

It is certain he had Carole Lombard in mind at that time.

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