January 4th, 2019

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'Movie Life,' June 1939: Carole and Clark's wedding, plus Olivia on the cover



In late March 1939, the rumors became reality: Carole Lombard and Clark Gable tied the knot. And Hollywood fan magazines went to work.

Since Clark and Carole sped off to Arizona to marry discreetly, no publication had pix of them saying "I do." But when these movie titans returned to Los Angeles and met the press, it received plenty of coverage...although given monthly publication deadlines, readers couldn't see it right away.

So it wasn't until the June 1939 issue that one of those magazines, Movie Life, could give its spin on the nuptials:



While Gable's epic "Gone With The Wind" wouldn't premiere until December, it received unprecedented advance coverage...and Movie Life was no exception:



One of its supporting players, the now 102 1/2-year-old Olivia de Havilland, was its cover subject and received attention on the inside, too:





What else was inside? How about some pics of the boy who "pined" for Carole (pun intended) -- Edgar Bergen's sidekick in ventriloquism, Charlie McCarthy:



A page on luscious Ann Sheridan, complete with the term she hated ("oomph"):



A feature on 20th Century-Fox's upcoming musical, "Rose Of Washington Square"...



...and "Only Angels Have Wings":



With summer arriving, it's time for tennis, and we see the likes of Barbara Stanwyck and Claire Trevor on the court:



This 68-page issue, nearly 80 years old, is in very good condition with no cutouts and minimal wear. You have two ways to obtain it: Bid, opening at $19.99, with the auction closing at 2:05 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, or buy it for $27. All the info is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/OLIVIA-De-HAVILLAND-Movie-Life-Mag-June-1939-CLARK-GABLE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-A-FAYE/143078627291?hash=item21502697db.
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