Clark Gable: Stories And Trivia About The King Of Hollywood

By | November 12, 2019

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Marilyn Monroe Kissing Clark Gable on the set of 'The Misfits' (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)

He was known as the King of Hollywood in his heyday -- you just couldn't get any bigger than Clark Gable. Stories and trivia about the Gone With The Wind star's life abound because, like any entertaining king, he lived on a grand scale. He had five wives and numerous affairs. He flew bombing raids in World War II, and partially inspired both Clark Kent and Bugs Bunny. He won an Oscar -- but gave it away.

Clark Gable was born February 1, 1901, and on his birth certificate, he was mistakenly recorded as female. His mother died 10 months after his birth and he was raised by his father and stepmother, who helped to educate him to be a gentleman.

Clark Gable Had Big Ears And Bad Teeth

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Before he had his teeth fixed. Source: (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry via Facebook)

Gable dropped out of school at 16 and worked at a tire factory in Akron, Ohio. He saw a play and decided to be an actor, but when his stepmother died, he moved to Oklahoma, where he lived for three years before joining a traveling theater company, eventually ending up in Oregon, where he met Josephine Dillon, who was a theater manager.

Josephine Dillon, who was 17 years older than him became his first wife; they married in 1924 and moved to Hollywood. She was an acting coach who trained him in posture, body control and lowering his speaking voice. She also paid for his new teeth and hair. She was not his last older woman; he had affairs with other older women who could advance his career. One affair, with Pauline Frederick, who was 18 years older than him, helped him land a role in Madame X.

In Hollywood, he was rejected at first because his ears were too big.