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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CAROLE LOMBARD AND CLARK GABLE AT THEIR ENCINO HOME

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY         2011

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is working hard on establishing the basis for a Library of San Fernando Valley Entertainment Industry History. In the meanwhile artifacts and books are already coming in on a regular basis. Two nice additions arrived today for our Clark Gable and Carole Lombard files.  First, "The Life and Loves of Gable" a hardcover, romantic work by Jack Scagnetti, (a gift from Gary Fredburg) and Second, this great photograph from Gable and Lombard's Encino Ranch home. (The horse, I think, was called Melody.)

Carole Lombard and husband Clark Gable at their Encino Ranch. early 1940s. (click on image to enlarge)
Greg Petrillo wrote about the location of the ranch:
 "It was off Libbitt & Ventura Blvd. Just behind (to) the west of where Jerry's deli is. Currently on Ventura Blvd., west of Libbitt ( across from the Mercedes Dealership) there's a office building being constructed. Clark Cables ranch was directly begins (south) of the new construction."

2 comments:

California Girl said...

Interestingly, my husband grew up in a house just up the street from their home. Kay Gable was still living there, raising her son Bunker Spreckles & her son w/ Gable, John. My husband's family lived on Chaplin Drive. The Gable dog, Ralph, used to visit alot. Their home was beautiful. I understand that area was turned into a private enclave back in the early 80s?

VP81955 said...

I cordially invite anyone interested in Carole Lombard to visit my site, "Carole & Co." (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com). We've been up since June 2007, with more than 1,600 entries. Through LiveJournal's search engine, you can access photos and entries on the Encino ranch Carole and Clark called home.