… that Clark Gable was put under contract at MGM Studios due to a recommendation by fellow actor Lionel Barrymore who had worked with him in a Broadway play. Clark Gable would make movies for MGM for the next 22 years and was always grateful for what Barrymore had done for him. The two men would remain close friends for the rest of their lives. You can see them together in five films: A Free Soul, Lone Star, Night Flight, Saratoga (Clark Gable pictured here) and Test Pilot.
… that in 1996 director Steven Spielberg purchased Clark Gable's It Happened One Night Best Actor Oscar at an auction for an undisclosed sum and donated it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum. Steven feels strongly that Academy Awards are special and should not be allowed to become a common part of the active entertainment collectible market. Learn more in our Tribute to Steven Spielberg.
… that Red Dust was the movie that made Clark Gable a star. 21 years later, Clark Gable would star in the re-make of this film. This time it was called Mogambo (pictured here.)
... that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were a legendary Hollywood couple. You can see them together in the film No Man of Her Own. Biographers always note that they were well matched and that they had fun together. You can see them together in their own home movies (we're not sure about carrying around those dead whatevers but it does look like they are having fun.)
… that after Clark Gable's comedienne wife, Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash in 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps. In a state of perpetual grief, he spent the next three years flying bombing raids over Nazi targets in Europe. Upon the conclusion of WWII, Clark was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. When he returned to Hollywood, his career was never as big as before the war. Friends would say that he never recovered from the death of his beloved wife.
... Clark Gable loved cars. We found this picture of the 1935 Duesenberg Convertible Coupe that Carole Lombard bought for him as a gift and just had to share it with you. We'd like to Photoshop the glamorous couple behind the wheel.
… that Clark Gable died of a heart attack two days after completing principal photography on The Misfits (pictured here) in 1961.
... How would you ever think of doing this? Artist Kim Dong Yoo has created a portrait of Clark Gable from many tiny pictures of Vivian Leigh. It was up for auction and sold for $56,772.
... that Cadiz, Ohio , the small town where Clark Gable was born is home of the Clark Gable Foundation. They would like you to stop in town and visit Clark Gable's birthplace, gift shop and museum where you can see artifacts like his boyhood sled or his 1954 Cadillac.
... that there are two Hollywood urban legends that are always invoked about Clark Gable. 1. That he single handedly drove down the sale of men's undershirts after he didn't wear one in It Happened One Night (answer: unproven) and 2. That he killed a man while drunk driving and the studio hired someone to take the fall. (answer: false) Those intrepid sleuths at Snopes.com really pulled out all the stops to get to the bottom of these stories.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Clark Gable's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1608 Vine St.
Former home of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard
4543 Tara Dr.
Encino, CA SEE MAP
Burial Place of Clark Gable
Forest Lawn Glendale
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA SEE MAP