Sorry, R126, I was locked out of posting earlier. You're very welcome.
Lombard added the e to Carole at the advice of her mother, who besides being into numerology was known to be a bit of a psychic. She told her daughter that she saw great things ahead for her if she added the e to Carol. Her real name was Jane Alice Peters.
Gable was politically a Conservative. Lombard was very active in Liberal politics. She convinced Gable to support FDR. However, Gable went back to being a Conservative by the end of his life. Gable who was thought to have homosexual relationships in his very early life, perhaps for money or a chance at fame, or that he was gay, was very anti- gay for most of his life. Carole had very good relationships with those in the industry known only in the industry to be gay. She usually gave in to what Gable wanted, but she flatly refused to end her friendships with her gay male friends.
It seems that all the men Carole was involved with continued to adore her after they broke up. She had no bad break ups with anyone which is quite unusual. William Powell went into a deep depression when they broke up but eventually Harlow became the love of his life and Carole and Jean were good friends, even though Harlow had her own sexual relationship with Gable, pre Lombard,, but nothing emotionally serious. Harlow was not one to want every man she had sex with to marry her, and try to get them to dump any woman he was with at the time, Turner was and Carole and really all of Hollywood knew it.
Gable had to be physically restrained when he got to the site of the crash. He wanted to dig to find Carole with his own hands and he would have ruined any forensic evidence. He was hysterical and had to be sedated. At the beginning they didn’t know if the plane just crashed or if it had been sabotaged.
After Carole died Gable blamed himself, with good reason. He joined the Airforce. He was so suicidal and took so many unnecessary risks that no one wanted to fly with him. If he had not been who he was he would have been dishonorably discharged for endangering the lives of everyone who ever flew with him. He would have been forced into a mental hospital for being that suicidal. Yet he well liked. He never acted like a celebrity and was willing to do anything asked of him. He was just feared because it was so obvious that he wanted to die and would take anyone with him, although not in a deliberate way. He was perfectly happy to fly by himself. He couldn’t bring himself to out and out commit suicide, so he took terrible chances when he flew.
His last wife indulged him and allowed him to talk about Carole morning, noon and night. He cared about her, but she knew he had no real love for her. He had almost nightly nightmares about Carole and Kay would comfort him the way a mom comforts a child. He really was a basket case near the end of his life. While many people blamed Monroe for his death, he knew he had a weak heart. He knew what he wasn’t supposed to do in his condition. It seems that his desire to die was still strong, although somewhat tempered by his yet to be born child.
He left his last wife what in today’s money would be worth about 100 million. They agreed before their marriage that he would be laid to rest next to Lombard. He and Kay were both okay with knowing no one but Carole would ever be the love of his life. She also knew he did not like being alone and that was part of why he married after Carole died. He never really knew happiness again.