Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor … There is no shortage of legendary couples in Hollywood cinema. And among the love stories that marked the time, the one that united Clark Gable and Carole Lombard probably has one of the most tragic endings of all. Falling in love with each other in the mid-1930s, the two actors live a passionate romance before being tragically separated by an accident veiled in mystery in 1942. But let’s go back to their beginnings. It was in 1932, on the set of the film A Bad Boy, that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard met for the first time. At the time, there was no spark between the two actors who were both married respectively. The relationship therefore remains strictly professional. “We did all kinds of intimate love scenes … and I never vibrated for him in any way,” even revealed Carole Lombard to the director, Garson Kanin, who subsequently reported his remarks in his book Hollywood, the Roaring Twenties. It was not until 1936 that the friendship between the two actors turned into love. It is during the White Mayfair Ball in Beverly Hills, a chic event that brings together all the gratin of Hollywood every year, that the paths of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable meet again and now, the context is different since Madam has been divorced for three years and sir is pending. The two actors fell into each other’s arms and married three years later, in 1939. A new Hollywood couple was born. Unfortunately, a tragedy will separate them in the early 1940s. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Carole Lombard returns to her homeland, Indiana, to help finance military operations.

Clark Gable, devastated

After a month, the actress has managed to collect $ 2 million and she can not wait: to find her husband in California. While the return trip was initially to be made by train, Carole Lombard, impatient to find Clark Gable, finally swaps the rails for the airway and flies to Los Angeles. His plane crashes into the side of a mountain while flying over the desert around Las Vegas. Carole Lombard was killed, along with the 21 other passengers. She was 33 years old. For Clark Gable, the pain is insurmountable. So the actor, despite remarrying twice after the death of his wife, asked to be buried alongside him at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He died in 1960 of a heart attack.

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable © Agence

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