Saturday, August 8, 2009

Clark Cable's Cadillac angel...

You know what they say about angels, you don't see one for ages and then all of a sudden two or three come along at once. Well maybe they don't really say that, but you know what I mean.
Clark Gable's Cadillac angel
Clark Gable's Cadillac angel
On a recent trip to The Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. I had to opportunity to see some of their famous movie cars and also some autos previously owned by the Hollywood stars themselves.
Cadillac angel hood ornament
This winged angel is the hood ornament from the 1941 Cadillac formerly owned by Clark Gable, once nicknamed the 'King of Hollywood'. 
Clark Gable's 1941 Cadillac
Most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, he also starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, The Misfits (alongside Marilyn Monroe in her last screen appearance), It Happened One Night (for which he won the Best Actor Oscar) and many more films besides.
Carole Lombard's Cadillac angel
Gable gave this Cadillac Series 62 Coupe to Carole Lombard (herself an Academy Award Best Actress Nominee in 1936 for My Man Godfrey), who he married in 1939. Following her untimely death at just 33 in a plane crash in 1942, the Cadillac was bought by movie director Roy Del Ruth who gave it to his son.
Cadillac hood angel
So there you go, you can find angels in the most unlikely of places. 

I wonder where one will crop up next...

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