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.
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"His butler served the meal. As we ate, I chattered brightly, trying to ease the
sorrow that lined his handsome face. But he never mentioned it. He was courtly
and cordial and far too private for that." After dinner, Turner recalled, "Clark
"Clark's eyes were quite definitely on Gracie, and hers, for that matter, were on
him," Ava Gardner recalled. "They were both single at the time, and it's very
normal for any woman to be in love with Clark. But Gracie was a good Catholic
girl, and ...
"Throughout the Louisiana location, it rained a lot," Yvonne De Carlo recalled. "
Many dreary afternoons were brightened by cocktails in the Gables' hotel suite.
Clark was one to pour king-size drinks, which endeared him to all the boozers ...
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CLARK GABLE: A BiographyRecenzja użytkownika - Kirkus
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
Clark Gable: a biographyRecenzja użytkownika - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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