Today is the 75th anniversary of Carole Lombard‘s death. She was killed in a plane crash on her return from a wildly-successful war bond tour, making her the first American woman to die in service in WWII. Her husband Clark Gable turned down FDR’s offer of a military funeral with full honors, because she’d stipulated a quiet affair in her will. But the US Maritime Commission did name a Liberty ship after her. She was only 33 years old.
This is one of my favorite photos of Carole, by George Hurrell. She’s wearing the gold locket given to her by Russ Columbo, and the star sapphire jewelry given to her by William Powell. Also visible is the cheek scar from a 1929 car accident that nearly ruined her career. Rest in peace, Carole. Your fans are still legion.