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Clark Gable

in Gone with the Wind (1939).
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Birth name William Clark Gable
Born February 1, 1901
Cadiz, Ohio, USA
Died November 16, 1960 (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1924 - 1960
Spouse(s) Josephine Dillon (1924-1930)
Maria "Ria" Franklin Printiss Lucas Langham (1931-1939)
Carole Lombard (1939-1942)
Sylvia Ashley (1949-1952)
Kay Williams (1955-1960)
Children John Clark Gable (b.1961)
Notable roles Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939)
Academy Awards
Best Actor
1934 It Happened One Night

William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901November 16, 1960) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He has been nicknamed "The King of Hollywood." His most famous role was in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Cadiz is a village located in Harrison County, Ohio. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... See also: 1923 in film 1924 1925 in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) considers making a silent film of The Wizard of Oz. ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ... Sylvia Ashley (April 1, 1904 – June 29, 1977) was an English model, actress and socialite, who was best-known for her marriages. ... Fletcher Christian Fletcher Christian (September 25, 1764 – October 3, 1793) was a Masters Mate on board the Bounty during William Blighs fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants (see Mutiny on the Bounty). ... Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff, is a 1935 film starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. ... Rhett Butler is a handsome, dashing hero of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... It Happened One Night is a 1934 romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her fathers thumb, and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable). ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award winning English actress. ...

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Early life

Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, on February 1, 1901 to William Henry "Bill" Gable, an oil-well driller[1][2] and former Adeline Hershelman,German.[3] He was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate. His original name was probably William Clark Gable, but birth registrations, and school records, and other documents contradict one another. "William" would have been in honor of his father. "Clark" was the maiden name of his maternal grandmother. In childhood he was almost always called "Clark"; some friends called him "Clarkie," "Billy," or "Gabe."[4] Cadiz is a village located in Harrison County, Ohio. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


When he was six months old, Gable's sickly mother had him baptized Roman Catholic. She died when he was ten months old, probably of an aggressive brain tumor. Following her death, Gable's father's family refused to raise him as a Catholic, provoking enmity with his mother's side of the family. The dispute was resolved when his father's family agreed to allow Gable to spend more time with his mother's Catholic relatives. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... A brain tumor is any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either found in the brain itself (neurons, glial cells (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells), lymphatic tissue, blood vessels), in the cranial nerves (myelin-producing Schwann cells), in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland...


In April 1903, Gable's father Will married Jennie Dunlap, whose family came from the small neighboring town of Hopedale, Ohio. His father purchased land there and built a house and the new Gable family settled in. In 1917, when Clark was in high school, his father's business had financial difficulties. Will decided to try his hand at farming and the family moved to Ravenna, just outside of Akron. Clark had trouble settling down; he soon left school to work in Akron's tire factories. Hopedale is a village located in Harrison County, Ohio. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... For a table of tire companies, see List of tire companies. ...


Gable was inspired to be an actor after seeing a life-impressing play The Bird of Paradise, but he was not able to make a real start until he turned 21 and inherited money left to him. By then, his stepmother Jennie had died. He toured in stock companies and worked the oil fields. Deciding not to follow his father, Clark found work with several second-class theater companies and worked his way across the Midwest to Portland, Oregon, where he found work as a necktie salesman in the Meier & Frank department store. While there, he met actress Laura Hope Crews, who encouraged him to go back to the stage and into another theater company. His acting coach was a theater manager in Portland, Oregon, Josephine Dillon (17 years his senior), who had his teeth fixed and after some rigorous training, eventually considered him ready to attempt a film career. Nickname: Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter Area  - City  145. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Laura Hope Crews (b. ...


Hollywood

In 1924, with Josephine's financial aid, the two went to Hollywood, where she became his manager and first wife. Although he found work as an extra and bit player in such silent films as The Plastic Age (1925), which starred Clara Bow, Gable was not offered any major roles and so he returned to the stage, becoming lifelong friends with Lionel Barrymore. In 1930, after his impressive appearance as the seething and desperate character Killer Mears in the play The Last Mile, he was offered a contract with MGM. Gable's first role in a sound picture was as the villain in a low-budget William Boyd western called The Painted Desert (1931). He received a lot of fan mail as a result of his powerful voice and appearance; the studio took notice. 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... The Plastic Age is a novel by Percy Marks, which tells the story of co-eds at a fictional college called Sanford. ... Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress and sex symbol, best known for her silent film work in the 1920s. ... Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe on April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. ... The Last Mile DVD The Last Mile is a short (15 minute) comedy-drama written by Terrence McNally for Public televisions Great Performances 20th Anniversary Special (1992). ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... William Boyd on Topper William Boyd (June 5, 1895 - September 12, 1972) was an American actor. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... The Painted Desert was an MGM film, made in 1930 and released early the following year. ... Fan mail is mail sent to a public figure, especially a celebrity, by their admirers or fans. // Fan mail may be in the form of letters, cards, artworks, gifts, and so on; depending on the recipient, it may also be possible to send fan mail via E-mail. ...


In 1930, Clark and Josephine Dillon were divorced. A few days later, he married Texas socialite Ria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham. After moving to California, they were married again in 1931, possibly due to differences in state legal requirements. Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


"His ears are too big and he looks like an ape." So said Warner Bros. executive Darryl F. Zanuck about Clark Gable after testing him for the lead in Warner's gangster drama Little Caesar (1931).[5] After several failed screen tests for Barrymore and Zanuck, Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM's Irving Thalberg. Warner Bros. ... Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). ... Little Caesar is a 1931 crime film made during the Pre-Code era which tells the story of a man who works his way up the ranks of the mob until he reaches its upper heights. ... Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899 - September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ...


Gable then worked mainly in supporting roles, often as the villain. Joan Crawford asked for him as her co-star in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). He built his fame and public visibility during 1931 in such important movies as A Free Soul (1931), in which he played a gangster who slapped Norma Shearer (Gable never played a supporting role again after that slap), Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) with Greta Garbo, and Possessed (1931), in which he and Joan Crawford steamed up the screen with some of the passion they shared for decades in real life. Clark and Garbo disliked each other. She thought he was a wooden actor while he considered her a snob. To bolster his rocketing popularity, MGM frequently paired him with well-established female stars. Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905[1]– May 10, 1977) was an acclaimed, iconic, Academy Award-winning American actress, arguably one of the greatest from the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. ... Dance, Fools, Dance is a 1931, MGM film starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Lester Vail. ... A Free Soul is a 1931 film which tells the story of an alcoholic defense attorney who must defend his daughters ex-boyfriend on a charge of murdering the mobster she had started a relationship with, a mobster whom her father had gotten an acquittal on a murder charge. ... Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 (some sources indicate 1900) - June 12, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning Canadian-born Hollywood actress. ... Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) is a 1931 film made by MGM. It was directed and produced by Robert Z. Leonard from a screenplay by Leon Gordon, Zelda Sears and Edith Fitzgerald adapted by Wanda Tuchock from the novel by David Graham Phillips. ... Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 – April 15, 1990) was a Swedish-born actress during Hollywoods silent film period and part of its Golden Age. ... Possessed is a 1931 MGM film produced and directed by Clarence Brown, and co-produced by Harry Rapf and Irving Thalberg. ...


His unshaven lovemaking with bra-less Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM's most important star. After the hit Hold Your Man (1933), MGM recognized the goldmine of the Gable-Harlow pairing, putting them in two more films, China Seas (1935) and Wife vs. Secretary (1936). An enormously popular combination, on-screen and off-screen, Gable and Jean Harlow made six films together, the most notable being Red Dust (1932) and Saratoga (1937). Harlow died during production of Saratoga of kidney failure. Ninety percent completed, the remaining scenes were filmed with long shots or doubles; Gable would say that he felt as if he were "in the arms of a ghost".[6] Red Dust (1932), Directed by Victor Fleming, is the second of six movies Clark Gable and Jean Harlow made together. ... China Seas is a 1935 movie starring Clark Gable as a brave sea captain, Jean Harlow as an onboard floozy, and Wallace Beery as a suspicious-looking character. ... Wife vs. ... Jean Harlow (b. ... Red Dust (1932), Directed by Victor Fleming, is the second of six movies Clark Gable and Jean Harlow made together. ... Saratoga is a 1937 film starring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. ... Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to function properly. ...


In the following years, he acted in a succession of enormously popular pictures, earning him the undisputed title of "King of Hollywood." Throughout most of the 1930s and 1940s, he was arguably the world's biggest movie star.


Gable had a reputation as an outdoorsman. At first, it was an image conceived by the MGM publicity department, but Gable found that he liked the lifestyle, and spent time in the outdoors whenever he could.


Most famous roles

It Happened One Night

According to legend, Gable was lent to Columbia Pictures, then considered a second-rate operation, as punishment for refusing roles; however, this has been refuted by more recent biographies. MGM did not have a project ready for Gable and was paying him $2000 per week, under his contract, to do nothing. Studio head Louis B. Mayer lent him to Columbia for $2500 per week, making a $500 per week profit.[7] The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Gable was not the first choice to play the lead role of Peter Warne. Robert Montgomery was originally offered the role, but he felt that the script was poor.[8] Filming began in a tense atmosphere; Gable and co-star Claudette Colbert agreed that the script was below standard, but soon found that the script was no worse than those of many of their earlier films.[9] Both Gable and Frank Capra enjoyed making the movie. Robert Montgomery (May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American actor and director. ... Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 - July 30, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning French-American actress in Hollywood film, stage, television and radio. ... This article is about the film director. ...


An urban legend has it that Gable had a profound effect on men's fashion, thanks to a scene in this movie. As he is undressing for bed, he takes off his shirt to reveal that he is bare-chested. Sales of men's undershirts across the country allegedly suffered a noticeable decline for a period following this movie. An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


Gable won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1934 performance in the film. He returned to MGM a bigger star than ever.[10] The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


The unpublished memoirs of animator Friz Freleng's mention that this was one of his favorite films. It has been claimed that it helped inspire the cartoon character Bugs Bunny. Three things in the film may have coalesced to create Bugs: the personality of a minor character, Oscar Shapely, an imaginary character named "Bugs Dooley" that Gable's character uses to frighten Shapely, and most of all, a scene in which Clark Gable eats carrots while talking quickly with his mouth full, as Bugs does. Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning fictional animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ...

from the Mutiny on the Bounty trailer (1935)
from the Mutiny on the Bounty trailer (1935)

Gable also earned an Academy Award nomination when he portrayed Fletcher Christian in 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff, is a 1935 film starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Fletcher Christian Fletcher Christian (September 25, 1764 – October 3, 1793) was a Masters Mate on board the Bounty during William Blighs fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants (see Mutiny on the Bounty). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff, is a 1935 film starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. ...


Gone with the Wind

Despite his reluctance to play the role, Gable is best known for his performance in Gone with the Wind (1939), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ...


Gable was an almost immediate favorite for the role of Rhett Butler with both the public and producer David O. Selznick. But as Selznick had no male stars under long-term contract, he needed to go through the process of negotiating to borrow an actor from another studio. Gary Cooper was thus Selznick's first choice.[11] When Cooper turned down the role, he was passionately against it. He is quoted saying, "Gone With The Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I’m glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling flat on his nose, not me".[12][13] By then, Selznick was determined to get Clark Gable, and eventually found a way to borrow him from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Gable was wary of potentially disappointing a public who had decided no one else could play the part. It was his first film in Technicolor. Also appearing in Gone With The Wind in the role of "Aunt Pittypat" was Laura Hope Crews, the grandmother of the friend in Portland who had coaxed Gable back into the theater. Rhett Butler is a handsome, dashing hero of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. ... David O. Selznick David Oliver Selznick (May 10, 1902–June 22, 1965), was one of the icon Hollywood producers of the Golden Age. ... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Laura Hope Crews (b. ...


During filming, Vivien Leigh complained about Gable's bad breath, which was apparently caused by his false teeth. They otherwise got along well. His famous line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," caused an uproar since it was in violation of the Production Code in effect at the time. Gable didn't want to shed tears for the scene after Scarlett (Leigh) has a miscarriage. Olivia de Havilland made him cry, later commenting, "... Oh, he would not do it. He would not! Victor (Fleming) tried everything with him. He tried to attack him on a professional level. We had done it without him weeping several times and then we had one last try. I said, "You can do it, I know you can do it and you will be wonderful ..." Well, by heaven, just before the cameras rolled, you could see the tears come up at his eyes and he played the scene unforgettably well. He put his whole heart into it." [14] Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award winning English actress. ... The Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) was a set of industry guidelines governing the production of American motion pictures. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Decades later, Gable would say that whenever his career would start to fade, a re-release of Gone with the Wind would instantly revive everything, and he continued as a top leading man for the rest of his life. In addition, Gable was one of the few actors to play the lead in three films that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ...


Marriage to Carole Lombard

Gable's marriage in 1939 to his third wife, successful actress Carole Lombard, was the happiest period of his personal life. They purchased a ranch at Encino and once Clark had become accustomed to her often blunt way of expressing herself, they found they had much in common. This was despite the fact that Gable was a conservative Republican and Lombard a liberal Democrat. Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ...


On January 16, 1942, Lombard, who had just finished her 57th film, To Be Or Not To Be, was on a tour to sell war bonds when the twin-engine DC-3 she was traveling in crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas. Upon hearing the news, Gable flew to the scene and had to be forcibly restrained from climbing the snowcapped mountain himself in an effort to rescue her.[citation needed] After Lombard's body was recovered, he sobbed, "Oh, God! I don't want to go back to an empty house..."[citation needed] is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... To Be or Not to Be is a 1942 comedy film about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Lombard's death, declared the first war-related female casualty the U.S. suffered during World War II, was the worst loss her husband ever endured. Gable lived out his life at the couple's Encino home, made 27 more movies, and married twice more. "But he was never the same," said Esther Williams. "His heart sank a bit."[15] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921[1] or 1922[2]) was a United States competitive swimmer and movie star, famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming and diving. ...


World War II

Clark Gable with 8th AF in Britain, 1943

In 1942, following Lombard's death, Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. As Captain Clark Gable, he trained with and accompanied the 351st Heavy Bomb Group as head of a 6-man motion picture unit making a gunnery training film. While at RAF Polebrook, England, Gable flew five combat missions, including one to Germany, as an observer-gunner in B-17 Flying Fortresses between May 4 and September 23, 1943, earning the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts. Adolf Hitler esteemed Gable above all other actors, and during the Second World War, offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable unscathed to him.[16] He left the Army Air Forces with the rank of major. Image File history File links Clark_Gable_8th-AF-Britain1943. ... Image File history File links Clark_Gable_8th-AF-Britain1943. ... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was a part of the U.S. Army during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... 351st Bomb Group Left Shoulder Badge The 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy), United States Army Eighth Air Force, was based at RAF Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England during World War II. The 351st flew strategic bombing missions against Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied France using the B-17 Flying Fortress. ... RAF Polebrook - August, 1948 RAF Polebrook is a former World War II airfield located 3. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is an American four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the US Army Air Corps (USAAC). ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ...


After World War II

Gable's first movie after returning from service in WWII was the 1945 production of Adventure. It was a critical and commercial failure. However, Gable was acclaimed for his performance in The Hucksters (1947). That was followed by the popular success of Never Let Me Go (1953), opposite Gene Tierney. Tierney was a favorite of Gable and he was very disappointed when she was replaced in Mogambo (due to her mental health problems) by Grace Kelly. Mogambo (1953) was a Technicolor remake of his earlier film Red Dust, which had been a even greater success. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Hucksters is a 1947 film directed by Jack Conway and starring Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, and Ava Gardner. ... Never Let Me Go is a 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... Gene Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American actress. ... Mogambo is a 1953 film directed by John Ford, featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly. ... Grace, Princess of Monaco née Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress who, upon marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956, became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, but was generally known as Princess... Red Dust (1932), Directed by Victor Fleming, is the second of six movies Clark Gable and Jean Harlow made together. ...


Gable became increasingly unhappy with what he considered mediocre roles offered him by MGM, while the studio regarded his salary as excessive. In 1953, he refused to renew his contract, and began to work independently. But his subsequent films did not do well at the box office.


Gable's last film was The Misfits, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and co-starring Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. This was also the final film completed by Monroe. Many critics regard Gable's performance to be his finest. The Misfits is a 1961 American film, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, and Thelma Ritter. ... Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. ... John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor known by the stage name of Montgomery Clift. ...


In 1949, Clark married Sylvia Ashley, a British divorcée and the widow of Douglas Fairbanks. The relationship was profoundly unsuccessful; they divorced in 1952. Sylvia Ashley (April 1, 1904 – June 29, 1977) was an English model, actress and socialite, who was best-known for her marriages. ... Douglas Fairbanks (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, who became noted for his swashbuckling roles in silent movies such as The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and The Black Pirate (1926). ...


Gable's fifth wife, whom he married in 1955 after an on-again, off-again affair spanning thirteen years, was Kay Spreckels (full name Kathleen Williams Capps de Alzaga Spreckels), a thrice-married former fashion model and stock actress. Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ...


Children

Gable had a daughter, Judy Lewis (b. 1935), the result of an affair with actress Loretta Young begun on the set of The Call of the Wild (1935). In an elaborate scheme, Young took an extended vacation and went to Europe to give birth. After her return, she claimed to have adopted Judy (a gambit that got less believable when the child grew to look much like her mother, with ears sticking out like Gable's). Judith Young (born November 6, 1935) is an American actress. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Loretta Young in 1935 Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... For other uses, see Call of the Wild (disambiguation) The Call of the Wild is a novella by American writer Jack London. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...


According to Lewis, Gable visited her home once, but he didn't tell her that he was her father. While neither Gable nor Young would ever publicly acknowledge their daughter's real parentage, this fact was so widely known that in Lewis's autobiography Uncommon Knowledge, she wrote that she was shocked to learn of it from other children at school. Loretta Young would never officially acknowledge the fact, which she said would be the same as admitting to a "venial sin". However, she finally gave her biographer permission to include it only on the condition the book not be published until after her death.


On March 20, 1961, Kay Spreckels gave birth to Gable's son, John Clark Gable, born four months after Clark's death. She also had two children from her third marriage, Joan and Adolph Spreckels III (nicknamed "Bunker"). March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


Death

He died in Los Angeles, California in November 1960, the result of a fourth heart attack. There was much speculation that Gable's physically demanding Misfits role, which required yanking on and being dragged by horses, contributed to his sudden death soon after filming was completed. In a widely reported quote, Gable's wife Kathleen blamed it on stress caused by "the endless waiting... waiting (for Monroe)". Monroe, on the other hand, claimed that she and Kathleen had become close during the filming and would refer to Clark as "Our Man".[17] Monroe's claim is supported by her being specifically invited by Kathleen to Gable's funeral, where contemporary newsreels showed the two of them sitting together in the church. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


Others have blamed Gable's crash diet before filming began. The 6'1" (185 cm) Gable weighed about 190 pounds (86 kg) at the time of Gone with the Wind, but by his late 50s, he weighed 230 pounds (104 kg). To get in shape for The Misfits, he dropped to 195 lbs (88 kg). For years, Gable's head would sometimes shake from the diet pills he would take to shed pounds before making a film, leading to rumors he had Parkinson's disease.[citation needed] In addition, Gable was in poor health from years of heavy smoking (three packs a day over thirty years) and drinking (he liked whiskey), and in the previous decade, had suffered two seizures which may have been heart attacks.[citation needed] For the band, see Crashdïet. ... Whisky (or whiskey) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, often including malt, which has then been aged in wooden barrels. ...


Gable is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, beside Carole Lombard. Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... Nickname: The Jewel City Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ...


Filmography

For details see: Clark Gable filmography Clark Gable in the 1930s. ...


References

  1. ^ (2002) Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography. McFarland & Company, 7, 30. ISBN 0-7864-1124-4. 
  2. ^ Clark GableDan Van Neste (1999). Reconstructed Birthhome: "Fit For A King".
  3. ^ Clark Gable- vintage articlesFaith Scott, Source: Times-News Meadville Bureau
  4. ^ Harris, Warren G. (2002). Clark Gable: A Biography. Harmony, 1. ISBN 0-609-60495-3. 
  5. ^ TCM Film Guide on The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era: Leading Men, p. 10.
  6. ^ Harris, p. 179.
  7. ^ Harris, Warren G. (2002). Clark Gable, A Biography. Aurum Press, pp 112-114. ISBN 1 85410 904 9. 
  8. ^ Kotsabilas-Davis, James; Myrna Loy (1987). Being and Becoming. Primus, Donald I Fine Inc, p 94. ISBN 1556111010. 
  9. ^ Harris, Warren G. (2002). Clark Gable, A Biography. Aurum Press, pp 112-114. ISBN 1 85410 904 9. 
  10. ^ Gable's Oscar recently drew a top bid of $607,500 from Steven Spielberg, who promptly donated the statuette to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Colbert's Oscar for the same film was offered for auction by Christie's on June 9, 1997, but no bids were made for it.)
  11. ^ Selznick, David O. (2000). Memo from David O. Selznick. New York: Modern Library, 172-173. ISBN 0-375-75531-4. 
  12. ^ GoneMovie -> Biography Gary Cooper
  13. ^ Paul Donnelley (June 1, 2003). Fade To Black: A Book Of Movie Obituaries, 2nd Edition. Omnibus Press.
  14. ^ Anthony Breznican, Tuesday, November 30, 2004 The Associated Press
  15. ^ Esther Williams, The million dollar mermaid (New York: Thorndike Press, 2000)
  16. ^ Harris, p. 268.
  17. ^ Spicer, Clark Gable, McFarland, pp. 300-301
  • Clark Gable: Tormented Star by David Bret, JR Books, 2007

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NAME Gable, Clark
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Gable, William Clark
SHORT DESCRIPTION Academy Award-winning American film actor
DATE OF BIRTH February 1, 1901
PLACE OF BIRTH Cadiz, Ohio, USA
DATE OF DEATH November 16, 1960
PLACE OF DEATH Los Angeles, California, USA

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Clark Gable (1901-1960), American motion-picture actor, best known for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in the film Gone with the Wind.
In the early 1940s Gable made a number of successful pictures, such as Strange Cargo (1940), Boom Town (1940), and Honky Tonk (1941), but in 1942 Lombard died in a plane crash and Gable was deeply affected.
Gable gave a memorable performance in his last motion picture, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, but by then he was exhausted and he died of a heart attack within a few days of the film's completion.
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