From April 1940:
What, in a word, is the truth about matrimony on the coast?
On a recent whirlwind tour of the colony I became the Marriage Reporter Pro Tem of the coast. I looked at the stars with no eye for their wardrobes, their coiffures or their conversation, if any. I studied them as wives. Not even Clark Gable’s eyelashes were able to deter me from my chosen point of view. Mr. Gable, bless his heart, was interesting to me only as a married man. And having angled some of the famous pairs from a strictly Married Love approach, I can report that things out there are just about as always. There are more divorces, to the mile, than there are in Newton, Kansas. There are fewer Darbys and Joans than in, say, South Carolina. But when a Hollywood marriage is good, it’s terribly, terribly good!
Mr. and Mrs. Gable are a case in point. They are a good case simply because we have here two stellar personalities in a field which is supposed to be the most highly competitive in the field. The legend has it that no marriage can survive when one partner exceeds the other’s success. Well, both Carole Lombard and Clark Gable are doing everything in their power to hoist each other to as high a step on the ladder as possible. Miss Lombard, when talked to, was full of excitement over—guess what?—her husband’s picture, “Gone with the Wind”! She was as delighted about the praise for his magnificent portrayal of Rhett Butler as if she had never been inside a studio herself!
Clark Gable is as thrilled over his ranch as any settled, married man. He has taught his wife to ride and to enjoy his out-of-door life with him—because, you see, he doesn’t want to be married to a mere glamour girl of the cafes—he wants a wife who will share his interests and hobbies.