Clark Gable was THE male lead actor in Hollywood for quite some time. He was one of these actors who were an entire personality with the eyes of the adoring public on him at all times. Celebrities like this do not exist anymore and likely never will again. From advertisements in all sorts of stores to many, many movies his face and physique were displayed prominently in public throughout the 30′s, 40′s and even 1950′s.
Clark Gable came from humble beginnings and therefore never quite had the same attitude about his fame as many other Hollywood actors and actresses did. He lost his mother at a very young age and lived at or close to poverty during much of his youth. He took jobs as a laborer in his adolescence and eventually found that he liked acting and decided, with some persuasion from friends that he would take it up as a career. He received help during the beginning of his career and was thankful to those around him.
Throughout the next several decades Gable was the definitive actor and Hollywood icon. He damanded more attention than anyone on the screen at the time, drawing record crowds to theatres and having his likeness posted in places where most actors would have never dreamed. Once he became a successful actor in Hollywood he joined the war effort. He felt compelled to help the Allies claim victory after losing his wife, Carole Lombard to an aircraft accident she was involved in during a tour to sell U.S. war bonds. During this time he became a filmmaker for the Army Air Corps helping to make training movies for the position of gunner. When he returned after the war stories of his service as a gunner in combat territory only helped fuel the fire that was his fame.
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