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Carole Lombard & Clark Gable

Both American actors were leading outstanding careers when they met in 1935 and got married in 1939, after Clark Gable had finally obtained a divorce from his previous wife. The couple managed to build a solid relationship despite their strong differences: Carole Lombard was born in an upper middle class family, lively and generous while Clark Gable who had known a rougher existence could often be taciturn and harsh. Yet it all worked out perfectly well and the pair was one of Hollywood’s Golden Era rare happy and sincere married couples. However the ideal relationship abruptly ended when Carole Lombard died in a plane crash in 1942 during a war bond tour. Clark Gable was left devastated and never recovered. He first joined the Air Corps volunteering for dangerous missions during World War II and became a heavy drinker. Also when he died from a heart attack after the filming of The Misfits, it sounded as if the film had reunited a last time three of Hollywood’s most desperate lost souls and broken hearts.

Tags / Carole Lombard & Clark Gable - Hollywood - American Actors - Lovers - 1940s - Tragedy
Alice Marble, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, and Felix Young watch the Beverly Hills Tennis Tournament, 1938
Alice Marble, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, and Felix Young watch the Beverly Hills Tennis Tournament, 1938
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premier of Gone With the Wind in Los Angeles, 1939
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premier of Gone With the Wind in Los Angeles, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard attend Jean Harlow's funeral, 1937
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard attend Jean Harlow's funeral, 1937
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1942
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1942
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard chat in a cold parking lot in Los Angeles during night shooting for Too Hot to Handle, 1938
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard chat in a cold parking lot in Los Angeles during night shooting for Too Hot to Handle, 1938
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. 18 Sep 1937, Los Angeles, California, USA
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. 18 Sep 1937, Los Angeles, California, USA
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premiere of Marie Antoinette, 1938
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premiere of Marie Antoinette, 1938
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable grin for photographers following their return to Hollywood from their recent, surprise marriage in Kingman,  March 31, 1939
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable grin for photographers following their return to Hollywood from their recent, surprise marriage in Kingman, March 31, 1939
Clark Gable, Clifton Webb, Marion Davies, Douglas Fairbanks Sr, Carole Lombard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, 1930's
Clark Gable, Clifton Webb, Marion Davies, Douglas Fairbanks Sr, Carole Lombard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, 1930's
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard At the Red Cross benefit show in Shrine Auditorium,, 1937
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard At the Red Cross benefit show in Shrine Auditorium,, 1937
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Spencer Tracy, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable spending time on the golf course, 1939
Spencer Tracy, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable spending time on the golf course, 1939
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at a New Years Eve Party, 1939
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at a New Years Eve Party, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1930s
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1930s
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable off shooting ducks in South Dakota, 1930's
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable off shooting ducks in South Dakota, 1930's
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premier of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta, 1938
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at the premier of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta, 1938
Cark Gable, Carole Lombard, Mervyn LeRoy and William Randolph Hearst at the Hearst's costume parties, 1930's
Cark Gable, Carole Lombard, Mervyn LeRoy and William Randolph Hearst at the Hearst's costume parties, 1930's
Walter Winchell, Carole Lombard, and Clark Gable. May 9, 1937
Walter Winchell, Carole Lombard, and Clark Gable. May 9, 1937
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, shown attending a horse show in Northridge, Californie, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, shown attending a horse show in Northridge, Californie, 1930's
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1936
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1936
Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Ricardo Cortez and top Clark Gable at a party at Ricardo Cortes's home. May 26, 1935
Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Ricardo Cortez and top Clark Gable at a party at Ricardo Cortes's home. May 26, 1935
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable for No man of her own directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1932. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, c. 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, c. 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at San Fernando Valley, California, May 4, 1938
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at San Fernando Valley, California, May 4, 1938
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at San Fernando Valley, California, May 4, 1938
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at San Fernando Valley, California, May 4, 1938
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at Burbank Airport, November 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at Burbank Airport, November 1940
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1932
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1936
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1936
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1930's
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, 1939
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