April 13th, 2019

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An intimate view of Clark and Carole's wedding

The story of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's 1939 "honeymoon" in Oatman, Ariz., long has been exposed as so much myth, but one good by-product of it came in March 1989 -- the 50th anniversary of their wedding in Kingman, Ariz.

The widow of Otto Winkler, the MGM publicist who died with Lombard and her mother Elizabeth Peters on Jan. 16, 1942 (he's shown above with the Gables the day after they were married), wrote a piece in a program from the Oatman Hotel commemorating the wedding. And Jill Winkler also helped explain some of what happened behind the scenes in this souvenir from Michael McComb:

As it turns out, Clark and Carole weren't the only ones who were married in Arizona in March 1939 -- although Otto and Jill exchanged vows in Prescott, not Kingman, and their ceremony was on March 18.

Prescott is about 80 miles east-southeast of Kingman, and Otto and Jill used their wedding to help set up Clark and Carole's ceremony.

Jill also gave background on their last meeting with the Gables, shortly before Otto accompanied Carole east.

"As long as memory lives everything lives." And thanks to Jill Winkler and many others, Carole Lombard, Otto Winkler, Elizabeth Peters and others aboard that fateful flight will live forever.

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