Lombard & Russ Columbo

Russ Columbo, a popular radio and nightclub singer of the 20's and 30's, was said by Lombard to have been the "love of her life." He died tragically by accident in a friend's home in 1934. See link below for more information.

One of his most popular hits

Prisoner of Love

Alone from night to night you'll find me
Too weak to break the chains that bind me
I need no shackles to remind me
I'm just a prisoner of love

For one command I stand and wait now
From one who's master of my fate now
I can't escape for it's too late now
I'm just a prisoner of love

By Russ Columbo

Russ Columbo Web Site

Lombard & William Powell


"Bill Powell is the only intelligent actor I've ever met." - Lombard

They married in 1931 at her mother's home.

From an interview with Powell before his marriage:

Would I hate to give up my freedom? [he asked, repeating a reporter's question] the greatest disillusions of the world. We think we want it above all things, but when we get it, what in the world can we do with it! What's the fun of going places and seeing things if there isn't someone important to share the thrill of traveling! What's the fun of accomplishing things if there isn't someone, who means a lot, to applaud and tell you what a remarkable fellow you are! I've had a great many years of the 'coveted freedom.' I've found that I can be the loneliest in the most crowded places when all I have to celebrate with is ... freedom. I think I'm getting the most wonderful girl in the world. Freedom? I'd trade every bit of it for a few hours with Carole! We open secret doors in one another's personalities. We've found that we are new people to each other. Carole is supposed to be the sophisticated type. I'm supposed to be suave and polished--I'm supposed to drip with polish and slide with suavity. Well, it isn't true. We are both the shyest, most sensitive people you'll ever know. Carole's supposed sophistication is just a mask she has used to get ver the hard bumps of life. Nobody knows where I got my reputation for suaveness. After our honeymoon we're going to settle down in the old-fashioned idea of a calm and very unexciting life—as exciting live are judged in Hollywood. We have a few close friends who mean much to us. We're going to play tennis and quietly attend theaters—other than opening nights—and take drives to the beaches and get our own meals on the cook's day out and go places and do things—always together. I've found a pal, a sweetheart, a friend, a wife—let those who will keep their freedom!

The above pictures and information are from Gentleman - The William Powell Story by Charles Francisco

The William Powell Web Site

Lombard & Gable


The King - Rhett Butler

At the Los Angeles premiere of Gone With The Wind

No Man Of Her OwnLombard had known Clark Gable since 1932, but their romantic attachment began in 1936, when John Hay Whitney gave an elaborate costume party in Hollywood. The invitations requested the guests appear in something white. With her unfailing sense of humor, Carole arrived at the party in a white ambulance and was carried into the Whitney mansion on a stretcher. She and Gable renewed their friendship at "The White Ball," becoming constant companions until their marriage in 1939.

In the summer of 1939, they settled on a 20 acre estate in the Encino section of the San Fernando Valley. They loved the outdoor life and shared times hunting and riding together. Lombard was the ideal mate for Gable, a woman who could be glamorous and lovely, but who also could be as companionable as a pal.

Following the entrance of the United States into World War II in 1941, Gable was made chairman of the Hollywood Victory Committee. In January 1942, he arranged for Lombard to embark on a bond selling tour that would climax in Indianapolis on January 15. At that rally, she spoke publicly for the last time. "Before I say good-bye to you all -- come on -- join me in a big cheer -- V for Victory!"

It is said [When The Stars Went To War] that he blamed himself for her death. "Gable was inconsolable. "The boyishness he had...was gone," said Strickling [his friend at MGM]. What replaced the boy was a guilt-ridden, unapproachable middle-aged man."

Gable Web Site

The  last known picture of the two together.

Other pictures on this page are from Screwball by Larry Swindell. The No Man of Her Own and Rhett Butler pictures are scanned from Long Live The King, by Lyn Tornabene

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