Gable Lombard Author:Warren G. Harris He was the all-time American virility symbol, perhaps the most successful male actor of his time, the acknowledged "king" of Hollywood, earning $4,000 a week in the hungry thirties, she was the great all-American sex symbol, a tough-talking, beautiful blonde at the height of stardom, "America's Madcap Playgirl #1," making $3000 a week. He was s... more »eparated from his wife; she had divorced William Powell ("The son of a bitch is acting even when he takes his pajamas off!") and was recovering from the death of her friend Russ Columbo, accidentally shot in one of Hollywood's more bizarre and notorious scandals. They fell in love in 1930 (a leap year) at the full-dress White Mayfair ball for all of Hollywood society. Until then, she had thought him stuffy; he had objected to her profane language and boisterous public behavior. The next day she had a pair of doves sneaked into his hotel room while he slept, and before long they were obviously, publicly, happily in love, to the pleasure of several million fans and the rage of Louis B. Mayer, Gable's boss, who feared a scandal. Soon they were living together, and America's Number One blonde bombshell was learning to hunt, ride, shoot and fish while Gable sweated out his divorce and suffered throught the skirmishing that preceded the fiming of Gone With The Wind, worrying about a role he found uncomfortable but which was to crown his reputation.
Together, they make for a book that is lusty, funny and full of glittering gossip and real-life tragedy that occur only in Holloywood lives.
They lived and loved happily until that fateful day in 1942 when Lombard was killed in a plane crash, plunging rhe United States into a mourning that eclipsed the war news, leaving Gable a lonely man, whos last wish was to be buried beside his beloved Carole.« less