Clark Gable: Tormented Star

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Da Capo Press, Oct 22, 2008 - Performing Arts - 312 pages
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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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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

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How can you take a book seriously that gets so many facts wrong? This is just made up "faction" -- fiction with a sprinkling of facts. This should not be taken seriously by any film fan, let alone scholar.

Contents

Ascending The Lavender Ladder
1
Harlow
48
Ben Loretta
70
Lombard
97
Southern Belles Sinners
121
Love Conquers
154
Death Wish In The Clouds
181
Strange Interlude
203
Epilogue
255
Filmography
260
Documentaries
275
Bibliography
277
Index vi
280
vii
282
154
283
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284

Safe In The Arms Of
232

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About the author (2008)

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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