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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Clark Gable

Famous For:
It Happened One Night, Gone With the Wind, The Misfits
Birthdate:
February 1, 1901
Famous Years:
1932-1960
Currently Known For:
Deceased
Networth:
$100 Million
Clark Gable



  Famous For:
It Happened One Night, Gone With the Wind, The Misfits

  Birthdate:
February 1, 1901

  Famous Years:
1932-1960



  Currently Known For:
Deceased

  Networth:
$100 Million


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A lot of celebrities that happen to make their way into superstardom in Hollywood tend to come from families that have been in the movie business or at least had very wealthy backgrounds. One of the true “American Dream” stories of an actor that rose up through the ranks to become the biggest star around is Clark Gable, who was considered during his heyday to be the “King of Hollywood” thanks to roles in some of the best movies ever made. Though he didn’t even make it to 60 years old, Gable is still considered to be one of the most iconic actors to ever make it to Hollywood.

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Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio as William Gable, but chose to go by his middle name of Clark. Gable’s father had worked in the oil industry as a driller, while his mother was a homemaker, but sadly passed away before Gable was even a year old. His father remarried a few years later, though Gable was the only child in the house while growing up. Before acting, Gable focused on music, where he showed a lot of talent as a teenager and was quickly playing with the adults.

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Another hobby that took Gable’s interest initially was cars, as he learned how to work on them with his father. It wasn’t a rich household that Gable came from, instead focusing on the blue collar, midwestern type of work that was far from the bright lights of Hollywood. That would change, though, when Gable attended a play for the first time as a teenager, and decided that acting was what he wanted to do. After inheriting a small amount of money from a deceased family member, Gable decided to reduce his working hours so that he could put more time into acting, receiving classes and private coaching in his younger years.

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Gable’s first acting coach saw a lot of potential in the young actor, and groomed him to become a star. When he reached his early 20s, the coach (Josephine Dillon) paid for Gable to move down to Los Angeles. The two would eventually get married, while Dillon also acted as Gable’s manager. Gable didn’t find stardom right away, but he was able to make it onto movie sets by appearing as an extra in several films during the mid 1920s. Being deterred by the fact that he was only landing background appearances, Gable put his dream on hold and got back on the stage, hoping to make a bigger name for himself.

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It would end up being a wise choice for Gable, who appeared on stage all across the United States, including making his way to Broadway. It was on that New York stage that he started to get noticed for his work, and opened up more doors for Gable to head back to Los Angeles and try his hand at the big screen once again. When the 1930s rolled around, Gable received a contract with MGM, getting his first notable role in the film “The Painted Desert”.

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The fan reaction for Gable was tremendous, and all of a sudden, the studio was willing to put him at the forefront of their productions throughout the 1930s. At first, Gable wouldn’t be the protagonist of the films he was starring in, but at least he was getting more attention. After a couple of years, though, Gable was the leading man, starting off with the hit “Hold Your Man” that established Gable as a star.

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The true breakout for Gable came in 1934 when he starred in the film “It Happened One Night”, earning himself an Oscar nomination and win for Best Actor. During the rest of the decade, he’d be nominated for the same award twice, next coming in 1935’s “Mutiny on the Bounty”. Of course, the film that Gable is always associated with came at the end of the decade, as “Gone with the Wind” became one of the most successful films in box office history.

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Gable used this starpower that he gathered from “Gone with the Wind” to appear in many films during the 1940s, including “Boom Town”, “Somewhere I’ll Find You” and “Homecoming”. He continued to be a big star throughout the 1950s, and his career appeared to not be slowing down as he entered the following decade. He started off 1960 with “It Started in Naples” with Sophia Loren, but his next movie would be his last.

After filming “The Misfits”, things would take a tragic turn for Gable. At 59 years old, he suffered from a heart attack that landed him in the hospital, though it seemed that it was minor and he’d be able to recover quickly. Within a few days of being hospitalized, Gable’s condition improved dramatically, but then in a shocking twist, he suffered from another heart problem. This time, a blood clot had formed on November 16, 1960.

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Gable’s wife had been pregnant at the time, and Clark couldn’t be revived after his blood clot. He sadly passed away at the age of 59, posthumously becoming a father in March 1961, shortly after his final film (“The Misfits”) had released to critical acclaim. Gable was laid to rest shortly after his death in Glendale, California at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


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