Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were united by Hollywood, and destroyed by tragedy. Carole Lombard’s mother didn’t want to get on the plane. The stars were all wrong, she said, and her astrologer had warned her not to fly. But Carole Lombard was in a hurry. She’d spent the week on a whirlwind tour of the country, selling war bonds for the United States government, and she couldn’t bear another moment away from her husband, Clark Gable, Hollywood’s most dashing leading man. She flipped a coin—heads for the train, tails for the plane. Carole won. They flew.
Her plane crashed into a mountainside shortly after it left Las Vegas, killing all aboard. This intimate biography by Warren G. Harris tells the story of Gable and Lombard, whose romance shocked the movie industry, and whose tragedy would change Hollywood forever.