Clark Gable: Tormented Star [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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 disgust onto the many homosexuals he met and worked with. And Bret (Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr, 2007, etc.) makes it clear that quite a few gays and lesbians populated Hollywood's soundstages and swimming pools. The author tags virtually everyone who shows up here as straight, gay or bi, the majority falling into the latter two categories. Like previous accounts, this one alleges that early in his career Gable was "gay for pay" and for career advancement. He squired older women, some of them perhaps closet lesbians, and had close personal, possibly sexual relationships with a number of openly gay men. He was, as well, a serial seducer of women. Bret's sourcing is unclear throughout; he qualifies most assertions about Gable's sexuality with phrases like "it could be" and "it was alleged." As for insight into the star's films and acting, look for it elsewhere. The author lavishes far more care on the details of Hollywood's sexual roundelays than on his flat summaries of Gable's films, including eight unnecessary pages on the plot of Gone with the Wind. Then it's on to the actor's severe halitosis (repeatedly mentioned) and his suffering from phimosis, an inability to retract the foreskin of his uncircumcised penis. Neither problem kept the King from scoring big time in the bedroom. The image, craft and perhaps art that made Gable a huge star for decades receive scant notice. Frankly, my dears, it's time to look beyond the love lives of movie stars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786726752
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 189,869
  • File size: 334 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Introduction: A Hunk Of Rough     vii
Gay For Pay: Ascending The Lavender Ladder     1
Clark & Ria...& Joan...& Johnny     22
Harlow     48
Ben & Loretta     70
Lombard     97
Southern Belles & Sinners     121
Love Conquers All     154
Death Wish In The Clouds     181
Strange Interlude     203
Safe In The Arms Of Ma     232
Epilogue     255
Filmography     260
Documentaries     275
Bibliography     277
Index     280
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