A few months after Desi and I were married, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable gave us a big, beautiful champagne party at Chasen’s in Hollywood. We especially appreciated the gesture since most of our friends were muttering darkly that our marriage wouldn’t last six months. Carole often invited us to spend the day at their ranch, which was not far from ours in San Fernando Valley. Carole and Clark did everything together - they hunted and fished, rode horses and cooked barbecues, and their delight in just being together made a deep and lasting impression on me. This was a marriage.
There was only one shadow on their happiness that I could see. With all her heart, Carole longed to be a mother.
She would have made a great one.
Lucille Ball - Love, Lucy (p. 122)