William Clark  Gable

William Clark Gable

Male 1901 - 1960  (59 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 6 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Clark Gable 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 1 Feb 1901  Cadiz, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Nov 1960  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372874  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2013 

    Father William Henry Gable,   b. 1870,   d. 1948  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Adeline Hershelman,   b. 1869,   d. 1901  (Age 32 years) 
    Family ID F1301734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Josephine Dillon,   b. 26 Jan 1884, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1971, Verdugo, California, USA. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 13 Dec 1924 
    Divorced 1 Apr 1930 
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F170244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Franklin Printiss Lucas Langham,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Jul 1931 
    Divorced 4 Mar 1939 
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F170245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Loretta Young,   b. 6 Jan 1913, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 2000, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married Abt 1934 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F170232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Carole Lombard,   b. 6 Oct 1908, Fort Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1942  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1939 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Sylvia Ashley 
    Married 20 Dec 1949 
    Divorced 21 Apr 1952 
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F170243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 6 Kathleen Williams,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Jul 1955 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F170240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • http://www.clarkgablefoundation.com/

      His mother died when he was seven months old. At sixteen he quit high school, went to work in an Akron tire factory, and decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland OR theatre manager Josephine Dillon, who coached and (twelve years older) married him. After bit parts he returned to theatre, becoming lifelong friends with Lionel Barrymore. After several failed screen tests (Barrymore and Zanuck) he was signed in 1930 by MGM's Irving Thalberg. Joan Crawford asked for him as co-star in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) and the public loved him manhandling Norma Shearer in Free Soul, A (1931) the same year. His unshaven love-making with braless Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM's most important star. The studio punished him for refusing an assignment; he was farmed out to Columbia where he won an Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934). He returned to substantial roles at MGM, winning nominations for Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the Army Air Corps, out of movies for three years. When he returned the studio regarded his salary as excessive and did not renew his contract. He free-lanced, but his films didn't do well at the boxoffice. He announced during filming of Misfits, The (1961) that, for the first time, he was to become a father. Two months later he died of a heart attack. He was laid to rest beside Carole Lombard at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


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