She was nicknamed “The Hoosier Tornado”.
She was signed to an acting contract after being spotted playing baseball in the street.
She never had a dressing room when shooting a movie. Instead, she preferred to socialize with the cast and crew members during her breaks.
In describing her, director Howard Hawks said, "Marvelous girl. Crazy as a bedbug.”
Part of her honeymoon with Clark Gable was at the Willows Inn in Palm Springs. The Inn continues to operate to this day and anyone can stay in the same room, called "The Library Suite" today. The room remains largely unaltered since the Gables stayed there more than 60 years ago.
She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman killed in the line of duty in WWII. Roosevelt greatly admired her work for the war effort. She was returning from an engagement selling War Bonds when her plane crashed.