Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of the critically-acclaimed new book Fireball: Carole Lombard & The Mystery of Flight 3 Robert Matzen will be a special guest at the Indy Reads Books event at 3:30 p.m. March 30 at 911 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis.
The free event will share the story of Indianapolis’ significance in what is considered to be one of the greatest mysteries of Hollywood’s Golden Age: the death of Hoosier-born Carole Lombard in the crash of TWA Flight 3.
Five weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lombard — who at the time was the wife of the world’s most popular leading man, Clark Gable — journeyed by train from southern California to sell war bonds and stamps in her home state.
After selling $2 million in bonds in a single day in Indianapolis, Lombard — eager to get back to California because of rumors regarding Gable’s philandering — defied U.S. government orders to stay off planes and attempted to fly back to Hollywood aboard a commercial DC-3 that crashed 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas on the evening of Jan. 16, 1942. Also killed were three flight crew, 15 U.S. Army Air Corps personnel, and three other civilians, including Lombard’s mother and Gable’s publicist at MGM.
Fireball is currently receiving praise from FOX News, The New York Post, The Hollywood Reporter, National Enquirer and several other national media outlets.