Born: February 1, 1901 Cadiz, Ohio
Died: November 16, 1960 Los Angeles, California
Buried: November 21, 1960 Forest Lawn Glendale, Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust
Ancestry: German and Dutch
Parents: William Gable and Adeline Hershelman Gable
Judy Lewis b. November 5, 1935 (to Loretta Young) d. November 25, 2011
John Clark Gable b. March 20, 1961 (to fifth wife Kathleen Williams)
Josephine Dillon December 13, 1924-April 1, 1930 (divorced)
Maria “Ria” Langham June 19, 1931-March 4, 1939 (divorced)
Carole Lombard March 29, 1939-January 16, 1942 (her death)
Lady Sylvia Ashley December 20, 1949-April 21, 1952 (divorced)
Kathleen “Kay ” Williams July 11, 1955-November 16, 1960 (his death)
Weight: MGM records have it ranging from 175-255lbs.
chicken and dumplings, bratwurst and sauerkraut, baked beans, steak, raw onion, coleslaw, peppermints, chocolate cake
whiskey, gin and tonic, iced tea, lemonade, grapefruit juice, Coca-Cola
Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor, Frank Morgan, Andy Devine, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, Victor Fleming, Walter Lang, Ward Bond
Joan Crawford, Loretta Young, Grace Kelly, Anita Page, Elizabeth Allan, Virginia Grey, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Nancy “Slim” Hawks, Audrey Totter, model Anita Colby, model Suzanne Dadolle, socialite Dolly O’Brien, Marilyn Maxwell, future first lady Nancy Davis, oil heiress Millicent Rogers, MGM make-up girl Dotty Pondell, heiress Betty Chisolm, socialite Carol Gibson.
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Most frequent director: Clarence Brown.
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Roles he could have played:
Katharine Hepburn requested Clark to play her ex-husband CK Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (1940). They sent Clark the script. He deemed it “too wordy” and said “other than pushing the dame down, I don’t have anything to do.” So the part went to Cary Grant.
Carole Lombard was interested in the screenplay for Woman of the Year (1942). She thought it would be a perfect chance for her and Clark to re-team on screen. She was very disappointed to learn that Katharine Hepburn had snatched up the rights to it and it was going forward with her and Spencer Tracy.
Clark very much wanted to star as Bick Benedict in Giant (1956) but director George Stevens nixed the idea, citing him as being too old. The role instead went to Rock Hudson.
MGM wanted him to star in Home from the Hill (1960) but Clark refused, still bitter about the lack of appreciation MGM had showed him when his contract had not been renewed. The role went to Robert Mitchum.