Clark Gable
American actor
Clark Gable
William Clark Gable, known as Clark Gable, was an American film actor most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. His performance earned him his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor; he won for It Happened One Night (1934) and was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
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Clark Gable's Grandson Charged With Pointing Laser at Police Chopper - NBC Los Angeles
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Actor Clark James Gable, grandson of actor Clark Gable has been arrested on suspicion of shining a laser at a police helicopter. The grandson of the late actor Clark Gable is set to be arraigned today on charges he pointed a laser at a
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GRANT PARK: Will the Cyclorama leave? - WXIA-TV
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Clark Gable came to Grant Park to view the mural during "The Gone With The Wind" premier in 1939. The actor is alleged to have quipped to Mayor Hartsfield, "The painting is great; the only thing that would make it better is if I were in it
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Names & Faces: Dick Cheney; Clark Gable's grandson; Jared Gilmore - Washington Post (blog)
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Charged: Clark James Gable, grandson of the late actor Clark Gable, is facing up to three years in state prison, the LA Times reports. No, not for drug possession or shoplifting, the go-to crimes for today's transgression-prone celebrity scions. ... - -
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Joan Crawford Movie Schedule: FORSAKING ALL OTHERS, POSSESSED - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone. BW-80 mins. 10:45 AM WHEN LADIES MEET (1941) A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor,
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Wendy Wasserstein Biography by Julie Salamon - Review
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Wendy Wasserstein had a contract to write her memoir when she died , in 2006. The question she had asked herself, putting off the job, was: Could she “reach that kind of depth?” The more obvious question for those acquainted with this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: Was there anything left to tell? Yes, as it happens. In “Wendy
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The Frank Capra stamp -- and the Capra film that drove Baltimore nuts - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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The United States Postal Service has revealed another salute to a great American filmmaker: a portrait of Frank Capra with a scene from his most beguiling movie, "It Happened One Night" (1934), starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
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Clark Gable's Grandson Arrested for Allegedly Pointing a Laser - Gather Celebs News Channel
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Clark Gable's grandson was arrested on suspicion of shining a laser into the cockpit of an LAPD helicopter. 22 year-old Clark James Gable was out with his buddy, 23 year-old Maximillian Anderson, joyriding around Hollywood on Thursday, July 28, 2011, ... - -
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS'; It's Just Sex. We're Just Friends. You Know the Rules. Etc., Etc.
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''Friends With Benefits,'' a breezy, speedy and (no kidding) funny comedy with a nicely matched Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis that is about love and sex in the age of social networking, gets some of its juice and tang partly by trash-talking its own genre. The setup is familiar, as are the essential elements: a single man and a single woman, two
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Sony's Remake of Studio System
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LOS ANGELES -- If Louis B. Mayer haunts the Irving Thalberg Building, once his seat of power at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he may recognize more than the walnut walls. The building is now the home of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and there are signs that Mayer's old studio system is being revived. As Hollywood has backed away from movie stars as too
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8 P.M. (TCM) THE ESSENTIALS: CLARK GABLE IN COLOR Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin explain why this lineup is required viewing, beginning with ''The Misfits'' (1961), which stars Marilyn Monroe (below, with Clark Gable) as Roslyn Taber, a freshly divorced showgirl, and Gable as Gay Langland, a ruggedly independent cowboy intent on joining an auto
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Today in History - Washington Post
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In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.” In 1943, American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo,
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Hitting the Road to Find the True Margaret Mitchell - Patch.com
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Three years later, film producer David O. Selznick had Clark Gable add the word “Frankly” to the line, change the book's scene location from a room in the house to a dramatically framed front door exit into the fog of future uncertainty - and movie
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clark Gable
    FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 59
    On November 6, 1960, Gable was sent to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where doctors found that he had suffered a heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details Newspaper reports the following day listed his condition as satisfactory. By the morning of November 16 he seemed to be improving. But he died that evening, age 59, from an arterial blood clot. Medical staff did not perform CPR for fear that the procedure would rupture Gable's heart, and a defibrillator was not available. There was speculation that Gable's physically demanding role in The Misfits contributed to his sudden death soon after filming was completed. In an interview with Louella Parsons, published soon after Gable's death, Kay Gable said, "It wasn't the physical exertion that killed him. It was the horrible tension, the eternal waiting, waiting, waiting. He waited around forever, for everybody. He'd get so angry that he'd just go ahead and do anything to keep occupied." Monroe said that she and Kay had become close during the filming and would refer to Clark as "Our Man", while Arthur Miller, observing Gable on location, noted, "no hint of affront ever showed on his face". Others have blamed Gable's crash diet before filming began. The Gable weighed about at the time of Gone with the Wind, but by his late 50s, he weighed. To get in shape for The Misfits, he dropped to.
    Despite having suffered a severe coronary thrombosis, Gable still managed to vote by mail in the 1960 presidential election. (One journalist has claimed that 1948 Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey bore a strong resemblance to Gable, and that Dewey's mustache may have been a minor factor in his defeat.)
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    On February 8. 1960, Gable received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in motion pictures, located at 1608 Vine Street.
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  • 1955
    Age 54
    In 1955, Gable married Kay Williams, and had a son, John Clark Gable, by her, on March 20, 1961, after his death.
    More Details Hide Details John Clark had two children: Kayley Gable (born in 1986) and Clark James Gable (born September 20, 1988). Kayley is an actress, while Clark James is currently host of the nationally syndicated reality show Cheaters. In a photo essay of Hollywood film stars, Life magazine called Gable, "All man... and then some." Doris Day summed up Gable's unique personality: "He was as masculine as any man I've ever known, and as much a little boy as a grown man could be – it was this combination that had such a devastating effect on women." Longtime friend, eight-time co-star and on-again, off-again romance Joan Crawford concurred, stating on David Frost's TV show in 1970 that "he was a king wherever he went. He walked like one, he behaved like one, and he was the most masculine man that I have ever met in my life." Robert Taylor said Gable "was a great, great guy and certainly one of the great stars of all times, if not the greatest. I think that I sincerely doubt that there will ever be another like Clark Gable; he was one of a kind."
    In 1955, Gable formed a production company with Jane Russell and her husband Bob Waterfield, and they produced The King and Four Queens (1956), Gable's only production.
    More Details Hide Details He found producing and acting to be too taxing on his health, and he was beginning to manifest a noticeable tremor, particularly in long takes. His next project was Band of Angels (1957), with relative newcomer Sidney Poitier and Yvonne De Carlo; it was not well received despite Gable's role's similarities to Rhett Butler. Newsweek said, "Here is a movie so bad that it must be seen to be disbelieved." Next, he paired with Doris Day in Teacher's Pet (1958), shot in black and white to better hide his aging face and overweight body. The film was good enough to bring Gable more movie offers, including Run Silent, Run Deep (also 1958), with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster, which featured his first on-screen death since 1937, and which garnered good reviews. Gable started to receive television offers, but rejected them outright. At 57, Gable finally acknowledged, "Now it's time I acted my age". His next two films were light comedies for Paramount: But Not for Me (1959) with Carroll Baker and It Started in Naples (1960) with Sophia Loren. The last one, despite an icy critical reception, was a good box-office success and was nominated for an Academy award and two Golden Globes. Filmed mostly on location in Italy, it was Gable's last film released in color.
    In 1955, Gable married his fifth wife, Kay Spreckels (née Kathleen Williams), a thrice-married former fashion model and actress who had previously been married to sugar-refining heir Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. Gable became stepfather to her son Bunker Spreckels, who went on to live a notorious celebrity lifestyle in the late 1960s and early 1970s surfing scene, ultimately leading to his early death in 1977.
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  • 1953
    Age 52
    In 1953, Gable refused to renew his contract and began to work independently.
    More Details Hide Details His first two films in this new situation were Soldier of Fortune and The Tall Men (both 1955), which were profitable, although only modest successes.
  • 1952
    Age 51
    In February 1952, he attended a televised rally in New York where he enthusiastically urged General Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president.
    More Details Hide Details This was when Eisenhower was still being sought by both parties as their candidate.
  • FORTIES
  • 1949
    Age 48
    In 1949, Gable married Sylvia Ashley, a British model and actress who was previously married to Douglas Fairbanks. The relationship was profoundly unsuccessful; they divorced in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details Soon followed 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 (because of her mental health problems) by Grace Kelly. Mogambo (1953), directed by John Ford, was a somewhat sanitized remake of his earlier Pre-Code film Red Dust, with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor, which had been a greater success. Gable's on-location affair with Grace Kelly (1929–1982), who was young enough to be his daughter, gradually ended after filming was completed. Gable became increasingly unhappy with what he considered mediocre roles offered him by MGM, while the studio regarded his salary as excessive. Studio head Louis B. Mayer was fired in 1951 amid slumping Hollywood production and revenue, due primarily to the rising popularity of television. Studio chiefs struggled to cut costs. Many MGM stars were fired or their contracts were not renewed, including Greer Garson and Judy Garland.
  • 1947
    Age 46
    Because his motion picture production schedule made it impossible for him to fulfill reserve officer duties, he resigned his commission on September 26, 1947, a week after the Air Force became an independent service branch.
    More Details Hide Details Adolf Hitler favored Gable above all other actors. During World War II, Hitler offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable to him unscathed. Gable's military awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He also qualified for and received aerial gunner wings. Immediately after his discharge from the service, Gable returned to his ranch and rested. He resumed a prewar relationship with Virginia Grey and dated other starlets. He introduced his golf caddie Robert Wagner to MGM casting. Gable's first movie after World War II was Adventure (1945), with his ill-matched co-star Greer Garson. It was a critical and commercial failure despite the famous teaser tagline "Gable's back and Garson's got him". After Joan Crawford's third divorce, Gable and she resumed their affair and lived together for a brief time. Gable was acclaimed for his performance in The Hucksters (1947), a satire of postwar Madison Avenue corruption and immorality. A very public and brief romance with Paulette Goddard occurred after that.
  • 1944
    Age 43
    Gable completed editing of the film Combat America in September 1944, giving the narration himself and making use of numerous interviews with enlisted gunners as focus of the film.
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    He hoped for another combat assignment, but when the invasion of Normandy came and went in June without any further orders, Gable was relieved from active duty as a major on June 12, 1944, at his request, since he was over-age for combat.
    More Details Hide Details His discharge papers were signed by Captain (later U.S. President) Ronald Reagan.
    In May 1944, Gable was promoted to major.
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  • 1943
    Age 42
    In November 1943, Gable returned to the United States to edit his film, only to find that the personnel shortage of aerial gunners had already been rectified.
    More Details Hide Details He was allowed to complete the film anyway, joining the First Motion Picture Unit in Hollywood.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During one of the missions, Gable's aircraft was damaged by flak and attacked by fighters, which knocked out one of the engines and shot up the stabilizer. In the raid on Germany, one crewman was killed and two others were wounded, and flak went through Gable's boot and narrowly missed his head. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign its most valuable screen actor to noncombat duty.
    Gable spent most of 1943 in England at RAF Polebrook with the 351st Bomb Group.
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    Gable reported to Biggs Army Air Base, Texas, on January 27, 1943, to train with and accompany the 351st Bomb Group to England as head of a six-man motion picture unit.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to McIntyre, he recruited the screenwriter John Lee Mahin, camera operators Sgts. Mario Toti and Robert Boles, and the sound man Lt. Howard Voss to complete his crew. Gable was promoted to captain while he was with the 351st Bomb Group at Pueblo Army Air Base, Colorado, a rank commensurate with his position as a unit commander. (As first lieutenants, McIntyre and he had equal seniority.)
  • 1942
    Age 41
    However, shortly after his enlistment, McIntyre and he were sent to Miami Beach, Florida, where they entered USAAF OCS Class 42-E on August 17, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Both completed training on October 28, 1942, commissioned as second lieutenants. His class of about 2,600 fellow students (of which he ranked about 700th in class standing) selected Gable as its graduation speaker, at which General Arnold presented the cadets with their commissions. Arnold then informed Gable of his special assignment: to make a recruiting film in combat with the Eighth Air Force to recruit aerial gunners. Gable and McIntyre were immediately sent to Flexible Gunnery School at Tyndall Field, Florida, followed by a photography course at Fort George Wright, Washington State and promoted to first lieutenants upon its completion.
    Gable had earlier expressed an interest in officer candidate school, but he enlisted on August 12, 1942, with the intention of becoming an enlisted aerial gunner on a bomber.
    More Details Hide Details MGM arranged for his studio friend, the cinematographer Andrew McIntyre, to enlist with him and accompany him through training.
    In 1942, following Lombard's death, Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Forces.
    More Details Hide Details Lombard had suggested that Gable enlist as part of the war effort, but MGM was reluctant to let him go, and he resisted the suggestion. Gable made a public statement after Lombard's death that prompted the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces Henry H. "Hap" Arnold to offer Gable a "special assignment" in aerial gunnery.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 38
    Gable, who was still legally married, though, prolonged a lengthy and expensive divorce from his second wife Rhea Langham. His salary from Gone with the Wind enabled him to reach a divorce settlement with Langham, however, on March 7, 1939.
    More Details Hide Details On March 29, during a production break on Gone with the Wind, Gable and Lombard were married in Kingman, Arizona, They purchased a ranch previously owned by director Raoul Walsh in Encino, California, and made it their home. They raised chickens and horses, and had a menagerie of cats and dogs. On January 16, 1942, Lombard was a passenger on Transcontinental and Western Air Flight 3 with her mother and press agent Otto Winkler. She had just finished her 57th movie, To Be or Not to Be, and was on her way home from a successful war bond selling tour when the flight's DC-3 airliner crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada, killing all 22 passengers aboard, including 15 servicemen en route to training in California. Gable flew to the crash site to claim the bodies of his wife, mother-in-law, and Winkler, who had been the best man at Gable and Lombard's wedding. Lombard was declared to be the first war-related American female casualty of World War II, and Gable received a personal note of condolence from President Roosevelt. The Civil Aeronautics Board investigation into the crash concluded that pilot error was its cause.
    Gable's marriage in 1939 to his third wife, actress Carole Lombard (1908–1942), was the happiest period of his personal life. They met while filming 1932's No Man of Her Own, when Lombard was still married to actor William Powell, but their romance did not take off until 1936.
    More Details Hide Details They became reacquainted at a party and soon were inseparable, cited in fan magazines and tabloids as an official couple. Gable thrived being around Lombard's youthful, charming, and frank personality, once stating, "You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes or your weaknesses, and she wouldn't even know how to think about letting you down." Lombard, for her part, seemed to gain personal stability and a contented home life that she had previously lacked. She taught herself how to hunt and fish and accompanied Gable on trips with his hunting companions.
  • 1935
    Age 34
    During the filming of The Call of the Wild in early 1935, Clark Gable had an affair with the film's lead actress, Loretta Young resulting in a child.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Judy, was born in November 1935. Among those who knew of Gable's paternity, the pregnancy was widely assumed to be the result of an affair; however, in 2015, Linda Lewis, Young's daughter-in-law, stated publicly that Young had confided to her before her death that Gable had raped Young, and that, though the two had flirted on-set, there had been no affair. Young hid the pregnancy in an elaborate scheme. While nearing the end of her pregnancy, she took a vacation to Europe for several months. She then returned to the United States to give birth to their daughter in Venice, California. Gable had spent much of the pregnancy out of the country, but was in New York City when he received an unsigned telegram that said, "The baby was born, she is beautiful, and has blonde hair." Young and her mother both denied sending the telegram; Loretta believed that Carter Hermann (her sister Polly's husband, who was also Judy's godfather) had sent it. Judy Lewis was Gable's only child born while he was alive.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 30
    He made two pictures in 1931 with Wallace Beery, a supporting role in The Secret Six, then with his part increasing in size to almost match Beery's in the naval aviation film Hell Divers.
    More Details Hide Details MGM's publicity manager Howard Strickling developed Gable's studio image, playing up his he-man experiences and his 'lumberjack in evening clothes' persona. To bolster his increasing popularity, MGM frequently paired him with well-established female stars. Joan Crawford asked for him as her co-star in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). He built his fame and public visibility in such movies as A Free Soul (1931), in which he played a gangster who shoved the character played by Norma Shearer; Gable never played a supporting role again. The Hollywood Reporter wrote "A star in the making has been made, one that, to our reckoning, will outdraw every other star... Never have we seen audiences work themselves into such enthusiasm as when Clark Gable walks on the screen". He followed that with Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) with Greta Garbo, and Possessed (1931), in which Crawford (then married to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) and he steamed up the screen. Adela Rogers St. Johns later dubbed Gable and Crawford's real-life relationship as "the affair that nearly burned Hollywood down". Louis B. Mayer threatened to terminate both their contracts, and for a while they kept apart. Gable shifted his attentions to Marion Davies. However, Gable and Garbo disliked each other. She thought he was a wooden actor, while he considered her a snob.
    After moving to California, they were married again in 1931, possibly due to differences in state legal requirements. "His ears are too big and he looks like an ape", said executive Darryl F. Zanuck, then at Warner Bros., about Gable after testing him for the lead in the studio's gangster drama Little Caesar (1931).
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  • 1930
    Age 29
    After several failed screen tests for Barrymore and Zanuck, Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM's Irving Thalberg.
    More Details Hide Details He became a client of well-connected agent Minna Wallis, sister of producer Hal Wallis and a very close friend of Norma Shearer. Gable's timing in arriving in Hollywood was excellent, as MGM was looking to expand its stable of male stars and he fitted the bill. Gable first worked mainly in supporting roles, often as the villain.
    In 1930, Gable and Josephine Dillon were divorced.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later, he married Texas socialite Maria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham, nicknamed "Rhea".
    In 1930, after his impressive appearance as the seething and desperate character Killer Mears in the Los Angeles stage production of The Last Mile, Gable was offered a contract with MGM.
    More Details Hide Details His first role in a sound picture was as the unshaven 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.
  • 1927
    Age 26
    During the 1927–28 theater season, he acted with the Laskin Brothers Stock Company in Houston, Texas, where he played many roles, gained considerable experience, and became a local matinee idol.
    More Details Hide Details He then moved to New York City, and Dillon sought work for him on Broadway. He received good reviews in Machinal; "He's young, vigorous and brutally masculine", wrote the critic at the The Morning Telegraph. The start of talking pictures and the beginning of the Great Depression caused cancellation of many plays in the 1929–30 season, and acting work became harder to get.
  • 1924
    Age 23
    In 1924, with Dillon's financing, they went to Hollywood, where she became Gable's manager and first wife.
    More Details Hide Details He changed his stage name from W. C. Gable to Clark Gable. He found work as an extra in such silent films as Erich von Stroheim's The Merry Widow (1925), The Plastic Age (1925), which starred Clara Bow, Forbidden Paradise (1924), starring Pola Negri, plus a series of two-reel comedies called The Pacemakers. He appeared as an extra in Fox's The Johnstown Flood (1926). 17-year-old Carole Lombard, later his third wife, also appeared as an extra in that film, although they were not in the same scene. He also appeared as a bit player in a series of shorts. However, he was not offered any major film roles, so he returned to the stage. He became lifelong friends with Lionel Barrymore, who, in spite of initially bawling Gable out for amateurish acting, urged him to pursue a career on stage.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1917
    Age 16
    In 1917, when Gable was in high school, his father had financial difficulties.
    More Details Hide Details Will decided to settle his debts and try his hand at farming, and the family moved to Ravenna, Ohio, near Akron. Despite his father's insistence that he work the farm, Gable soon left to work in Akron for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. At 17, Clark Gable was inspired to be an actor after seeing the play The Bird of Paradise, but he was not able to make a real start until he turned 21 and inherited some money. By then, his stepmother had died, and his father moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to go back to the oil business. Gable toured in stock companies, as well as working the oil fields and as a horse manager. He found work with several second-class theater companies, thus making his way across the Midwest to Seaside, Oregon, working as a logger, and to Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a necktie salesman in the Meier & Frank department store. While in Portland, he met Laura Hope Crews, a stage and film actress, who encouraged him to return to the stage with another theater company. 20 years later, Crews played Aunt Pittypat alongside Gable's Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Age 2
    In April 1903, Gable's father married Jennie Dunlap (1874–1919), whose family came from the small neighboring town of Hopedale.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage produced no children. Gable was a tall, shy child with a loud voice. His stepmother raised him to be well-dressed and well-groomed. Jennie played the piano and gave her stepson lessons at home. Later he took up brass instruments. At 13, he was the only boy in the men's town band. He was very mechanically inclined and loved to strip down and repair cars with his father. Though his father insisted on Gable doing "manly" things, like hunting and hard physical work, Gable loved language. Among trusted company, he would recite Shakespeare, particularly the sonnets. Will Gable agreed to buy a 72-volume set of The World's Greatest Literature to improve his son's education, but claimed he never saw his son use it.
  • 1901
    Age 0
    Born on February 1, 1901.
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