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Clark Gable's Biography

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William Clark Gable was born on 1 February 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio.

Making his screen debut in The Painted Desert in 1931, Clark Gable went on have numerous appearances in the early 1930s and in 1934 he won an Academy Award for his performance in It Happened One Night.

In 1937, Clark Gable was voted 'King of Hollywood'.

Joan Crawford once said that Clark Gable gave her "twinges of a sexual urge beyond belief".

In 1939 Clark Gable had his most famous role as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, delivering the words: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Gable spoke the words emphasising 'give' to lessen the impact of 'damn' so as not to offend the censors.

Gable's third of five wives, Carole Lombard, was killed in 1942 in a plane crash, and several sources claim that he was never the same again, although he did go on to make many more films ending in 1960 when he appeared in The Misfits, directed by John Huston and co-starring Marilyn Monroe.

Clark Gable died on 16 November 1960 from a heart attack just days after the completion of The Misfits.

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