Photo: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home with their pet Siamese cats.
Jan. 17, 1942: Carole Lombard, who was returning from a campaign to sell defense bonds; her mother, Elizabeth K. Peters; and MGM publicist Otto Winkler are among 22 killed when a TWA Douglas Skycub slams into the side of Olcott Mountain 35 miles southwest of Las Vegas. Her husband, Clark Gable, who had been waiting at the Lockheed Air Terminal, immediately chartered a plane to Las Vegas.
The next day, The Times reported that Gable “vainly sought to make his way torturously up the cactus-strewn trail to the scene of his wife’s death. He was finally persuaded to return to Las Vegas, where he received the news that all aboard the plane had perished.”
Maxine, spicy strawberry blonde, is at the midnight show at the Aztec, “home of peachy burlesk.”
Jimmie Fidler says: There are several private campaigns underway to get Academy Awards; chief ones are for Joan Fontaine (“Suspicion,”) Ida Lupino (“Ladies in Retirement,”) Olivia de Havilland (“Hold Back the Dawn,”) and Claudette Colbert (“Remember the Day.”) But why not Greer Garson for “Blossoms in the Dust?”