The second tragedy in her life
During a visit by the couple to their friend, Lansing Brown Jr., and while admiring his collection of antique guns, a rifle accidentally went off, hitting Columbo in the left eye, according to the official report. He died a few hours later. To overcome her grief, the actress took refuge in her work, shooting films such as My Man Godfrey, which earned her first and only Oscar nomination.
In the casting of the film Gone with the Wind, she met Clark Gable, who, despite being married, was smitten with the actress. He did not give up until she agreed to go on a date, and from that moment on they never left each other’s side. A month after Gable got his divorce, the actors were married.
Apart from her beauty, talent and charisma, Carole Lombard was adored by the nation for her patriotism. The actress did not think twice when President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked her to campaign for the sale of war bonds, given that the US had plunged headlong into World War II. She gladly accepted, and on 12 January 1942, the actress and her mother Elizabeth boarded a train from Los Angeles to Indianapolis for the promotional campaign.