Produced on February 1, 1901, in Ohio, Clark Gable initially had trouble getting Hollywood characters, because of his large ears. He hit box office gold with such movies as It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. His final movie, The Misfits, was additionally Marilyn Monroe’s last movie.
His dad was an oil driller and farmer; his mom died when he was an baby.
One evening he saw a play and loved it so much that he determined to eventually become an actor. He attempted to work his way in by taking an outstanding occupation with a theater company, but his vision was briefly derailed when his stepmother died in 1919 and he went to help his dad in the oilfields of Oklahoma.
After three years there, he joined a traveling theater company, which promptly went broke, leaving Gable stranded in Montana. He hitchhiked to Oregon and joined another company, where he met Josephine Dillon, the theatre manager. Dillon, a former performer and honored theatre teacher 17 years his senior, took an interest in Gable. She became his playing trainer and paid to have his teeth fixed and his hair and eyebrows styled. Before long they were wed, and Gable and Dillon moved to Hollywood, California.
Gable worked as an extra in Hollywood before turning his focus on the theatre, first in traveling productions and then in the Broadway play Machinal, that he got great reviews.
Back in Hollywood, Gable was rejected at screen tests because casting agents believed his ears were too large to get a leading man. Gable was a success, as well as the studio started casting him as a roughneck villain opposite starlets including Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Norma Shearer. By year’s end, he’d made a dozen movies and started his career as a leading man.
Throughout the filming of Dancing Lady in 1933, Gable grown pyorrhea, an illness in his gums that demanded immediate removal of almost all his teeth. The disease spread through his body and reached his gallbladder, and he was hospitalized. Due to delays in filming and required reshoots because of Gable’s sickness, the movie ran $150,000 through budget. When he returned to work, MGM loaned him to the then-low budget Columbia Pictures to get a Frank Capra comedy, It Happened One Night. It was widely rumored to possess been punishment for either his poor attitude about his parts or the problem in shooting his last movie, but in truth, MGM just did not have a job for him. He ended up winning an Academy Award for It Happened One Night, and having revealed his range, started being cast in a broader number of purposes.
Chances are, Gable was among the greatest stars in Hollywood, and he churned out some successful films like Boomtown, San Francisco and Mutiny on the Bounty. In 1939 he appeared as Rhett Butler in his best known movie, the civil war epic Gone with the Wind. He was dubbed the “King of Hollywood,” and was a sign of manliness, respected by men and adored by girls.
Subsequently, during filming of Somewhere I’ll Find You with Lana Turner in 1942, disaster hit. Carole Lombard, Gable’s third wife as well as the love of his life, perished in a plane crash. He was devastated. He served as a tail gunner on five bombing missions over Germany and made a propaganda film for the Army.
Though it turned out to be a lackluster movie, Gable’s return to movie had folks flocking to the box office. He continued to make films with MGM, including Mogambo with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, but his career never recovered the exact same impetus. Still, when his studio contract expired in 1954, he became the highest-paid freelance performer of his day.
Gable’s standing as a legend taken him, and he consistently made at least one film annually, most notably Soldier of Fortune and The Tall Men. He gave what’s regarded as among his finest performances in The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, however he never got to have its success: Two days as soon as they finished filming, Clark Gable suffered a heart attack. He died November 16, 1960.
Gable was a ladies’ man both on and off display, and he was married five times within the span of his life.
Young had kept her pregnancy secret to protect both their careers as well as the scandal that will result as Gable was wed during the time of the relationship. Until Young admitted the truth to Lewis in 1966, she’d not recognized that Lewis was her biological daughter. Young continued to keep the truth concealed in the people and just revealed it in her authorized biography, “Forever Young,” released after her death in 2000. Gable and Lewis did not have any dad-daughter relationship over the course of their lives. Lewis expired in 2011 in the age of 76.