- First on the list is Husband #2, Clark Gable. In the nature of full disclosure, I must admit that I have always been a much bigger fan of Carole than I am of Clark, but even I don't understand the vilification of Gable that I keep coming across in my research. I keep reading that he didn't deserve Carole one bit, that she only loved him for his name, that their "love" is a facade constructed by MGM, etc. I don't know how much of this is based on a need to puncture the legacy of Gable and/or Lombard, but I'm finding it all rather confusing. Sure, they weren't perfect, but why is that suddenly being taken as indisputable proof that their romance is largely a product of studio publicity? I'm sure there's a happy medium somewhere between the innately-flawed "Most Perfect Marriage Ever" belief and the idea that the whole relationship was an elaborately-constructed myth, but I keep getting bogged down in speculation. Can anyone help set me straight?
I've never heard that the reason Carole wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn was because of Columbo, and although it would make a romantic anecdote if true, I can't find any solid evidence for it. As far as I know, it seems to be nothing more than conjecture. Does anyone know anything more about this? Furthermore, after everything I've read from the immediate aftermath of Carole's death, I can't see what purpose would have been served by tearing down Columbo in order to build up Gable. How would that angle have even played into the tragedy?
I think that's all for now. I know these questions all kind of run along the same line, but these are the big issues that I just can't make heads or tails of in my research, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask for some clarification again! Thanks for any help you can offer!