Clark Gable: Tormented Star

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Hachette Books, Oct 22, 2008 - Performing Arts - 312 pages
From the acclaimed author of Joan Crawford comes a riveting and uncensored biography of Clark Gable. The archetypal male of his era, Gable was named “King of Hollywood” in 1938. But as David Bret reveals, the star was not quite who he seemed. One of Gable's best-kept secrets was his bisexuality.

Bret recounts Gable's failed marriages to women who turned a blind eye toward his affairs with actors Earl Larimore and Rod La Rocque, among other men. Bret also reveals how a pseudo-scandalous paternity suit and the actor's wartime accomplishments were no more than elaborate publicity stunts created by studio chief Louis B. Mayer in order to exaggerate Gable's masculinity and heroism in the public eye. With passion and accuracy, Bret uncovers the truth behind one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

 

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Sex-obsessed biography of the man who was Rhett Butler.Clark Gable's father taunted his son, calling him a "sissy." Young Clark responded by fashioning a macho-stud demeanor and projecting dad's ... Read full review

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Ever since I read Gone With the Wind, and subsequently watched the movie, I've developet an interest in Clark Gable, so when I stumbled upon this book while bookshopping in London, I went for it ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Chapter Two CLARK RIA JOAN JOHNNY
Chapter Three HARLOW
Chapter Four BEN LORETTA
Chapter Five LOMBARD
Chapter Six SOUTHERN BELLES SINNERS
Chapter Seven LOVE CONQUERS
Chapter Eight DEATH WISH IN THE CLOUDS
Chapter Nine STRANGE INTERLUDE
Chapter Ten SAFE IN THE ARMS OF
EPILOGUE
DOCUMENTARIES
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French-born David Bret is a leading celebrity biographer of subjects as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Morrissey, and Rock Hudson. He lives in Yorkshire, England.

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