No Man of Her Own

redqueenself

San Antonio, United States

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pen and pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper inspired by the movie
No Man of Her Own
with not just another of Hollywood’s incandescent blondes but the great
Carole Lombard

Lombard was a second generation Bahá’í who formally enrolled in 1938.

During a break in production on Gone With the Wind, Gable and Lombard drove out to Kingman, Arizona on March 29, 1939 and were married in a quiet ceremony with only Gable’s press agent, Otto Winkler, in attendance. They bought a ranch previously owned by director Raoul Walsh in Encino, California and lived a happy, unpretentious life, calling each other “Ma” and “Pa” and raising chickens and horses. Although they attempted, their efforts to have a child were ultimately unsuccessful.

Off-screen, Lombard was much loved for her unpretentious personality and well known for her earthy sense of humor and blue language. Friends of Lombard’s included Alfred Hitchcock, Marion Davies, William Haines, Jean Harlow, Fred MacMurray, Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Jorge Negrete, William Powell, and Lucille Ball.

When the US entered World War II at the end of 1941, Lombard traveled to her home state of Indiana for a war bond rally with her mother, Bess Peters, and Clark Gable’s press agent Otto Winkler. After raising over $2 million in defense bonds, Lombard addressed her fans, saying: “Before I say goodbye to you all, come on and join me in a big cheer! V for Victory!” On January 16, 1942, Lombard, her mother, and Winkler boarded a Transcontinental and Western Airlines DC-3 airplane to return to California. After refueling in Las Vegas, TWA Flight 3 took off and 23 minutes later, crashed into “Double Up Peak” near the 8,300 ft (2,500 m) level of Mount Potosi, 32 statute miles (51 km) southwest of Las Vegas. All 22 aboard, including 15 army servicemen, were killed instantly.

Shortly after her death at the age of 33, Gable (who was inconsolable and devastated by her loss) joined the United States Army Air Forces. After officers training, Gable headed a six-man motion picture unit attached to a B-17 bomb group in England to film aerial gunners in combat, flying five missions himself. Gable attended the launch of the Liberty ship SS Carole Lombard, named in her honor, on January 15, 1944.

On January 18, 1942, Jack Benny did not perform his usual program, both out of respect for Lombard and grief at her death. Instead, he devoted his program to an all-music format.

Lombard’s final film, To Be or Not to Be (1942), directed by Ernst Lubitsch and co-starring Jack Benny, a satire about Nazism and World War II, was in post-production at the time of her death. The film’s producers decided to cut the part of the film in which her character asks, “What can happen on a plane?” as they felt it was in poor taste, given the circumstances of Lombard’s death.

At the time of her death, Lombard had been scheduled to star in the film They All Kissed the Bride; when production started, her role was given to Joan Crawford. Crawford donated all of her pay for this film to the Red Cross.

Lombard is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. The name on her crypt marker is “Carole Lombard Gable”. Although Gable remarried, he was interred next to her when he died in 1960. Bess Peters was also interred beside her daughter .
My favourite Lombard film is
To Be or Not to Be
Quite a bomber Clip from To Be Or Not To Be
It’s the last line in this clip that is the killer.

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