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Clark Gable's relationship with Carole Lombard ended when Carole Lombard died on January 16, 1942. They had been married for 2.8 years.

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Clark Gable

Entertainment - Actor

Why Famous: Rhett Butler in "Gone With The Wind"

Age: 59 (2/1/1901 - 11/16/1960)

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Carole Lombard

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: her comedic roles in several classic films of the 1930s

Age: 33 (11/6/1908 - 1/16/1942)


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Event Start Date Length
Dating n/a --
Engaged n/a --
Married 3/29/1939 2.8 years
Deceased 1/16/1942 --
 Total2.8 years*

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Where and/or how did Clark Gable and Carole Lombard meet?

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Other Relationship Information about Clark Gable and Carole Lombard:

Part of Clark and Carole's honeymoon was spent at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs, CA. Today the Inn continues to operate and anyone can stay in the same room, which is largely unaltered since that time.

They called each other "Ma" and "Pa", and lived a happy, unpretentious life. To all who knew Clark, she was the love of his life.

The plane crash that killed Carole took place less then a month before the Oscars. Despite her mother's premonition of the disaster, she refused to take a train to Los Angeles. She was reputedly in a rush after getting wind of an alleged affair between her husband Clark Gable and 'Lana Turner' who were filming "Somewhere I'll Find You" at the time.

Just before their relationship began in earnest, Carole read and loved the book 'Gone With the Wind'. Excited, she sent a copy of the book to Clark, with a note attached reading "Let's do it!". Gable wrongly assumed she was making a sexual advance to him, and called Carole to organize a date. When he found out Carole wanted to make a film with him as Rhett Butler and herself as Scarlett, he refused, and kept the copy of the book she had given him thereafter in his toilet.

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Classic Quotes by Clark Gable and Carole Lombard about their relationship:

"If his pee-pee was one inch shorter, they'd be calling him the Queen of Hollywood." Carole Lombard

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