Among the Los Angeles-area houses Lombard lived in, only the Encino ranch she shared with Clark Gable is more renowned. Located at the far western end of Hollywood Boulevard, where it was no longer the main drag of the Hollywood central business district but instead a wide thoroughfare through a luxury neighborhood, Carole only resided there for about two years...but many of the legendary stories about Lombard originated here. The array of offbeat parties she hosted, for instance. Or the splendid interior design by former actor William Haines, to whom Carole once appeared nude becaise she knew he was homosexual and wouldn't be aroused.
The other day, we asked how Lombard's legacy might have been different had Gable not entered her life (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/210130.html), Had her romance with Clark never happened, she might have stayed in the Hollywood Boulevard house considerably longer. Once they began a relationship, it soon became apparent to her that her home was in too public a location for potential trysts with someone like Gable (who was considerably more high-profile than her two other principal post-Powell lovers, Russ Columbo and Robert Riskin).
Before you get excited about where this is all leading, let me break the news that this actual house is not for sale. Hwever, the above photo of the house is; it's an original 8" x 10" photo, taken April 28, 1934, at about the time she moved in. No one has bid on it yet, perhaps because the opening bid is $49.99 -- and bidding closes at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, If you want to find out more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-VINTAGE-Photo-trimmed_W0QQitemZ300317720352QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Photo_Images?hash=item45ec54bf20&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50.