Clark Gable: A Biography
Harmony Books, 2002 - 408
There really was a Hollywood, a place of fashionable men and gorgeous women and the all-powerful studio system that allowed them to defy the conventions that governed the rest of the country. Clark Gable arrived there after a rough-and-tumble youth, and his breezy, big-boned, everyman persona quickly made him the town's "King." He was a gambler among gamblers, a heavy drinker in the days when everyone drank seemingly all the time, and a lover to legions of the most attractive women in the most glamorous business in the world.
In this well-researched and revealing biography, Warren G. Harris gives us an exceptionally acute portrait of one of the most memorable actors in the history of motion pictures, as well as a sure sense of the milieu and the times of mid-century Hollywood. More than anything else, one is struck by the romance of the era--the glamour and the excess, the playfulness and the lust. The people who were Gable's intimates are legends in their own right: Loretta Young, Marion Davies, David O. Selznick, Jean Harlow, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Grace Kelly, and the list goes on and on.
Clark Gable reveals newly uncovered information about Gable's illegitimate daughter, his relationship with Joan Crawford, and his great love for Carole Lombard, his third wife.
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The performance of the stock company's lead actress, Pauline McLean, might not
have equaled that of the play's original Broadway star, the great Laurette Taylor,
but Billy Gable had no basis for comparison. "I clapped until my palms were ...
In the title role company tragedian Eveta Nudsen won standing ovations at every
performance. Gable had to be content with a rave opening-night review that said,
"He took the spotlight early in the play and, through the character's ready wit ...
L. B. Mayer and other executives present were so impressed by Garland's
performance that they decided that the recent contractee should repeat "Dear Mr.
Gable" in Broadway Melody of 1938 (dated a year ahead to extend its release life
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Veteran Hollywood biographer Harris, who wrote Gable and Lombard in 1974, now gives Clark Gable a thoroughly engaging bio all to himself.Born in 1901, the only child of an oil speculator in rural Ohio ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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A recent trend in Hollywood biographies is to abandon the tabloid style in favor of a more scholarly approach. These two new biographies on Clark Gable follow this trend. Harris (Gable and Lombard ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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