Here is Carole with her fiance Gene Markey. He was a screenwriter and producer. Gene was twenty-three years older than her and had been married to Hedy Lamar. Carole started dating him in early 1941 but she continued to see other men. She said "Gene Markey gives me books of plays to read, books about the theater; he talks to me about the theater and gives me the feeling we are talking about it". Gene gave Carole her beloved Great Dane Donner. Their relationship got serious in 1942 and they were engaged for a short time. When the press announced they were getting married in Washington Carole told them "I'm going to Washington for a visit, that's all. Mr. Markey is there and of course I will see him, but there are no immediate plans to announce." Soon after they parted as friends. In 1946 Gene married Myrna Loy. He died on May 1, 1980 at the age of eighty-four.
Here is Carole with her actor Tony Martin. They went out on several dates in 1942.
Here is Carole with writer Kenny Morgan. They were rumored to be engaged in 1939.
Here is Carole with her longtime lover George Jessel. They had an on-again off-again affair that lasted for years.