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“There is a strong case to be made for the divinity of Carole Lombard. One is certain that at Olympian banquets, she’s right up there next to Zeus.” - David Shipman
A reporter brings up Carole Lombard to Clark Gable in 1957:
“You may not like my next question,” I said. “Is it true that you don’t like to talk about Carole Lombard because it reminds you of her tragic end and distresses you?”
“That isn’t true,” [Clark] said. “My feelings are under better control than that. I have great respect for Carole and the place she had in my life. I want to keep that to myself. It’s not to be kicked around. I’m the one who can control it.”
“I don’t see how you control it unless you talk about it,” I said.
“That’s how I do it,” he said. “By not talking about it.” (x)
“Everything went into gear very fast. Everybody was doing something - everybody. Hollywood abounded with spirit, titles, and organizations. Clark Gable asked me to serve in the Screen Actors Division of the Hollywood Victory Committee, coordinating talent for hospital tours, bond rallies, and camp shows. Clark chaired our division of fifteen, and at the first meeting, December 22, 1941, Carole was the first to stand and pledge proud support to her husband. No one could have imagined that three weeks later, returning from a bond-selling rally, Carole would die in a plane crash. Bill Powell, her first husband, Spence, and I were Clark’s only fellow Metro actors invited to the small private funeral. Clark, beyond consolation, would talk only to Fieldsie, Carole’s great friend and manager, Madalynne Fields. He wouldn’t talk to anyone else, no matter who it was. Losing Carole, in a sense Hollywood’s first casualty of the war, devstated all of us and strengthened our will to participate.”
- Myrna Loy
Rest in peace Jane Alice Peters
~Carole Lombard’s dressing table in the LA home she shared with her husband Clark Gable, 1930’s ~
Carole Lombard and her mother Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Peters, in Chicago during a defense bond campaign trip, 1942