I love Old Hollywood.

I love all the fabulous old stories about the love affairs of Old Hollywood.

I found this story on Harper’s Bazaar.com, and they had re-posted it from Country Living magazine. Enjoy!


She died racing to get back to the man she loved but could not trust.”

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, circa 1939

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard met while acting opposite each other in 1932’s No Man of Her Own. At the time, Clark, then 31, was married to Houston socialite Maria Langham. Lombard, just 24, was in an unhappy marriage of her own, with actor William Powell of The Thin Man fame.

“[We] did all kinds of hot love scenes…and I never got any kind of tremble out of him at all,” Lombard would later tell director Garson Kanin, who recounted her words about Gable in his 1976 book, Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons, Moviemakers, Frauds, Hopefuls, Great Lovers. Strictly professional, the heartthrob and the high-paid actress didn’t allow any romantic connection to develop between them. At least not at the time, anyway.

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Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable in No Man Of Her Own

Four years later, the two stars reunited at an event for Hollywood’s elite. Major studio execs started the Mayfair Ball in the ’20s as a glamorous party for Tinseltown society and it became an annual affair, according to Hollywood Bohemians by Brett L. Abrams. In 1936, Gone with the Wind director David O.Selznick asked Lombard, who had a reputation for throwing the best shindigs, to oversee that year’s event.

According to the fan site Dear Mr. Gable, the former co-stars flirted with each other intermittently throughout the night before sharing a “close dance” and a ride home—despite the fact that the divorced Lombard had brought Cesar Romaro as her date, and Gable was technically still married, although separated. When Gable invited her up to his hotel room, Lombard reportedly quipped, “Who do you think you are, Clark Gable?”

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1937

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1937

They became inseparable shortly after. An article in the April 1942 issue of Photoplay magazine stated that from the night of the ball until Lombard’s untimely death, the longest stretch they went without seeing each other was just six days. They carried out their relationship in secret until 1938, when Gable’s divorce was finalized.

On Mar. 29, 1939, while Gable was on a break from filming Gone with the Wind, the pair eloped in Kingman, Arizona. Husband and wife loved spending time in nature—often hiking, camping, and hunting together—so naturally, they made their home on a 20-acre ranch in Encino, California, complete with horses, cows, and chickens. Whenever business took them apart, they would send each other silly presents (“goofy ones, strictly for laughs,” wrote Ruth Waterbury in Photoplay), a tradition that had started at the wrap party for No Man of Her Own, when Lombard gave Gable a ham with his picture on it. Their house was filled with gag gifts for such occasions.

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at home on their ranch

Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable at home on their ranch

But the handsome, fun-loving duo had their fair share of dark times too. Lombard desperately wanted to be a mother; still, numerous doctor visits and a trip to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore returned no solutions for her infertility issues.

There were also allegations of infidelity on Gable’s part: In his 2014 book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, author Robert Matzen claimed Gable cheated on his wife with his 21-year-old co-star Lana Turner.

“Gable was self-centered and never felt it necessary to have self-discipline when it came to sex outside the relationship because he had a sense of what a catch he was,” Matzen told the New York Post. “And, really, was Carole going to give all that up? She was a shrewd businesswoman and knew the power of being close to the biggest movie star in the world.”

Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard during a night shoot for Too Hot To Handle

Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard during a night shoot for Too Hot To Handle

In a startling revelation that came 75 years after the super-celebrity couple tied the knot, Matzen speculated that Gable’s affair indirectly caused Lombard’s death. Matzen’s theory is that Gable and Lombard had a fight over his infidelity the night before she embarked on the fateful plane trip in January 1942 that would be her last. She was so determined to get home to save her marriage, Matzen believes, that she forewent a longer, cross-country train ride in favor of a last-minute flight on a “bumpy commercial airplane with an unpressurized cabin.”

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Returning from a hiking trip in 1940.

Lombard was doing her part to support the war effort abroad; the purpose of her trip back home to Indianapolis, Indiana was to sell defense bonds for what she called, according to Photoplay, “the best damned land there is.” Before leaving Hollywood, she and her mother, Elizabeth Peters, visited a psychic they occasionally saw for fun. The woman shook her head when she read Lombard’s fortune: “Keep out of planes in 1942,” she allegedly warned. “There is danger in them for you.”

On the Indianapolis trip, Lombard was accompanied by her mother and Otto Winkler, Gable’s press agent and longtime friend, who’d been with the couple when they eloped. Gable had asked him to assist Lombard on the journey. On the day they were to return to California, both Otto and Lombard’s mother tried to talk her out of flying. Winkler had experienced a premonition of a plane crash just days before, according to the Post, and was concerned about flying in winter conditions. Peters had the psychic’s words on her mind.

Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard

On a break from filming, circa 1940.

But Lombard had scored last-minute seats on TWA Flight 3, desperate to get back and fix things with the man she called “Pappy” and “Mr. G.” They decided on a coin toss to settle the dispute, and Lombard won. After a stop in Las Vegas to refuel, she, her mother, and Winkler lost their lives later that day en route to Los Angeles when their plane crash landed on Nevada’s Table Mountain.

Gable was devastated. He had been so proud of his wife, who had raised more than $2 million in bonds during her week away, and was excited to pick her up at the airport. When he learned of the news, he flew out to Nevada with Winkler’s wife and a few others, and insisted on sifting through the wreckage himself. When locals tried to dissuade him from climbing the 7,800-foot-steep peak, a hike so treacherous and studded with cacti and boulders that even “experienced Indian guides and hardened trackers” found it challenging, he reportedly snapped, “If those Indians can go on horseback and on foot, I can go on horseback and on foot.”

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Giving interviews shortly after their 1939 elopement.

Gable and his guides hiked until they began to see “pitiful bits of wreckage of the plane scattered about them,” according to Photoplay. At that point an official stopped them, indicating that the bodies of the passengers—including Lombard, her mother, Winkler, and 15 young pilots who’d been headed West to serve in the war—were just ahead.

“Search and rescue found a hair clip that Gable had given her for Christmas, with a few strands of her blonde hair still attached,” Michelle Morgan, author of Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star, told the Daily Express.

The widower holed up at the nearby Rancho Vegas hotel, pacing back and forth on his suite’s deck. He wouldn’t leave his room. “I don’t want to go back to an empty house in Encino,” he told well-meaning friends who tried to entreat him. “If I had gone with Carole on this trip all this might have been avoided.”

Gable was forever changed. “He rode his motorcycle recklessly, drank and smoked heavily,” said Morgan. “He kept Lombard’s bedroom unchanged. He signed up for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and told friends he didn’t care if he lived or died.”

He never stopped loving Lombard. When he died in 1960 at the age of 59, he was buried beside her at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California.

Lombard’s biographer says the beauty’s tragedy is that “she died racing to get back to Gable: the man she loved but could not trust.”

From: Country Living

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Are you a Nordstrom shopper? I am. I shop online at Nordstrom.com all the time, mostly because I am always working and hardly ever get time to go to the store. Their return policy is so amazing that I never have to think twice about ordering something and not liking it/needing to exchange it/wanting to return it.

I get emails everyday from PopSugar, and this one, written by Nicole Yi was in my inbox last week and is too good not to share!


10 Nordstrom Shopping Secrets, Straight From a Former Employee

Written by Nicole Yi for PopSugar

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Even before I started working at Nordstrom, it was one of my favorite stores to shop. And after working there for nearly two years in my late college years, I loved and respected the company even more. Employees go above and beyond to provide the customer with an experience rather than just a shopping trip, and I got to see it from both sides. There’s a number of fascinating facts behind the scenes at the beloved department store, but I’m zeroing in on the ones that will help you get the most out of your visit. Without further ado: 10 secrets that will practically make you a professional Nordstrom shopper.

1. Nordstrom’s liberal return policy is truly unbeatable.

The well-known tale about Nordstrom accepting a customer’s Good Year tires is totally a myth. You are, however, able to get away with a lot. Their computer systems will recognize some form of receipt (tag, physical or electronic receipt, credit card) for up to five years from the purchase date. Even if it’s clearly worn with stains, we have to accept the return, no questions asked other than “Was there anything wrong with the product?” Even if you say that you changed your mind (four years later), they can’t press any further.

You don’t even need a form of receipt, either. Though it makes the process easier for the employee, they can find a similar item to refund you if you really make a fuss. Many customers do take advantage of this, which has made Nordstrom’s return policy stricter recently. Now all returns must be refunded to the original form of payment, whereas before, customers were able to cash out on goods that were even clearly stolen.

2. New products arrive almost daily.

You’ll want to check back regularly because many departments get shipments every day. That also means that the floor layout is constantly changing, but there’s a way to beat feeling overwhelmed. The floor is typically organized into distinct looks like casual, department staples, dressy, and “going out,” for example. It makes it instinctive for employees when returning their “dump” (or go-backs) and hopefully easier for customers to shop if the manager did a good job.

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3. You’re allowed to take hangers home.

Some customers want to keep their clothes hung so that they can easily add them to their closet when they get home. Ask to keep your hangers and they’ll throw them in your bag or wrap your items in a garment bag, no problem. Limit your request to the plastic hangers, though, because the wooden ones are more limited. I’ve had customers even ask for a bag full of them before.

4. Utilize your sales associate.

Don’t be afraid to form a working relationship with a salesperson you really hit it off with. They make commission so I promise they won’t mind any requests. Some of my customers became regular clients who would personally call me for items they wanted. I would text them pictures of newly arrived products that suit their style and ship it directly home to them. They never even had to step foot in store. You can also ask him or her to bring you items from other departments like shoes or accessories to complete the look all at once. Just be mindful that they’re the ones putting everything back when you leave.

5. Take advantage of (free!) personal stylist appointments.

Most customers assume that there’s an extra fee to work with a personal stylist, but it’s completely free! Whether you have a special occasion you need help shopping for or just need to refresh your wardrobe, they’re there for you and they know what they’re doing. You can also do the same with any of your favorite salespeople. They’re often just as qualified and love taking time off the floor to personalize a dressing room just for you.

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6. The Nordstrom debit card is definitely worth the perks.

When checking out, the cashier will probably ask if you’re part of the Nordstrom Rewards program. We’re all forced to get as many customers as possible to apply for a debit or credit card, and though I felt uncomfortable soliciting when I first started, I learned once getting one myself that you’re only missing out if you refuse. I understand when people don’t want another credit card, but the debit card links to your existing account and is completely free. Not only do you earn $20 back in Nordstrom Notes (basically a gift card) for every 2,000 points, but it also comes with alterations, early access to the Anniversary Sale, and more. If you’re a regular Nordstrom shopper already, you might as well get rewarded for every dollar you spend.

7. Check out the Anniversary Sale on the first day.

If you don’t know already, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is around every July or so and debuts brand-new Fall products at incredible discounts. It’s the store’s biggest sale of the year, and for good reason. Designer goods are marked off by hundreds of dollars and other items are discounted around 25 to 40 percent off. This is the best time to stock up for the new season because prices go back up once the sale ends. Because stores get products in limited quantities, most of the best stuff disappears after the first day. Make sure you have a Nordstrom Rewards card to gain early access to the sale one week before the general public gets to purchase.

8. Ask an employee to take an item to alterations if it’s stained or wrinkled.

You know when you’ve found the last top in your size but it’s covered in deodorant stains or makeup? Let an employee know and they’ll gladly take it back to alterations and have them steam and spot-treat your item on the spot. They use a special, gentle lavender soap (that’s available for purchase in the lingerie department) that can seriously get anything out.

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9. There’s not much a salesperson will say “no” to.

Nordstrom is best known for its incredible customer service, and the company does not take that lightly. I’ve done everything for customers, from running iced waters to their dressing rooms from the espresso bar downstairs to carrying their bags to their car across the mall. But if you truly are an All-Star employee (an actual company recognition for outstanding customer service), you’ll have offered those things before the customer even thought to ask. Though Nordstrom employees have the freedom to do what it takes to make the customer leave with a memorable experience, don’t take advantage of them if you’re not planning on recognizing their services.

10. Everything eventually goes on sale.

All items reduce significantly over the course of a few months. If you have an item on your wish list you simply can’t justify purchasing, wait it out. Although there is a risk that it will be sold out by the time you’re ready, an employee will most likely be able to track one down in the store-wide system. I’ve been able to find the last top in the entire company for a customer before. When the price marks down over time to end in .97, it means it’s time to be sent to Nordstrom Rack. Occasionally, customers will find missed .97 sale items on the floor and score a great deal, and more rarely, we’ve had to honor items that literally devalued to $0.01.

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I just found out the the Zoe Report Box of Style discount codes that I posted last month have been extended through the end of April!

If you have been following this blog for a while then you already know how excited I get when my Box of Style arrives.

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Rachel Zoe, longtime personal stylist to Hollywood royalty, and her incredible team curate a box at the beginning of each season. The Box of Style contains key fashion elements that you need to be super stylish for the season ahead. The Spring 2017 Box Of Style was extra special because each item came from companies owned and run by women, several of which provide work and a decent, livable income to women in third world and developing countries, who would otherwise be living in poverty or be forced to work in the sex trade. You can read about it here.

The Zoe Report Box Of Style costs $100 and gives you $400 worth of merchandise. The first item I opened in the Spring 2017 Box Of Style was a full sized container of Japanese Luxury brand Tatcha‘s Gentle exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder. it has a retail value of $65!

I have been a huge Tatcha fan for several years now, and always travel with their sensational skin care products.

If you enter the discount code BOSSP10 at checkout you will get $10 off the price of the Spring 2017 Box of Style until the end of April. If you want to subscribe for a year of Box of Style use the code BOSSP20 and receive a $20 discount. Unfortunately for me I signed up a couple of years ago so can’t take advantage of the discounts!

At the end of April the discounts will disappear, so take advantage of them before it’s too late!

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You can read my review of the Spring 2017 Zoe Report Box Of Style here