I know, you should take me and burn me at the stake as a blogger-heretic. Last Sunday (!!!) I wrote: "See ya tomorrow, I'll be posting Day 08 of the Old Hollywood Meme (hopefully)". So, I'm a liar and I should pay. I'm bringing the matches, you go and gather firewood. But first, as my last will, I want to tell you who is my fave old Hollywood couple. Should I say Bogie & Bacall? Or maybe Marlene & John Wayne? Garbo & Gilbert? Viv Leigh & Laurence Olivier? Kate & Spence? (hate me Rena), Ava & Frankie?
No, I'm picking...
...Gable & Lombard. I love their work separately, I love their work together ("No Man of Her Own"). They seemed to be so happy, and they had a wonderful sense of humor: remember that anecdote about that party in which they finally got along? Well, assistants were supposed to wear only white clothes, so Carole arrived in an ambulance, got on a stretcher and entered carried by two nurses. Later, knowing that he loved fancy cars, she bought an old Ford T, painted it with huge hearts and sent it to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios as a gift to him on St. Valentine's Day. On the wheel, she put a note: "You're driving me crazy" :) So, Clark did his own joke. He invited her to really fancy party, she was all dress up already... and Clark arrived in the old Ford T :)
As the couples from epic tales, their love ended in tragedy. As you probably know, she was selling war bonds, fighting for her beliefs, with energy and passion. She was supposed to take a train, instead she preferred an airplane: she wanted to be with her husband as soon as possible. The plain crashed, Carole's life ended in the mountains...so did a part of Clark's.
I don't want to finish this post in a sad mood, so here is a Youtube vid featuring some of their home movies: