Celebrating Clark Gable, the "King of Hollywood"
Cinema's favorite leading man was born on February 1, 1901
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Dubbed the "King of Hollywood," Clark Gable epitomized cinema's Golden Age and was one of the most popular movie stars of his generation. The embodiment of the American ideal of masculinity and virility, Gable's onscreen leading man persona was equally alluring offscreen, and he was a legend for his numerous romantic liaisons with actresses and fashion models. His career saw him win an Oscar for Best Actor, though not for his most famous role, that of Rhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind' (1939). His accolades also extended to military decorations for service during the Second World War. Indeed, he was a handsome, all-action hero, and remains crowned as one of moviedom's most famous actors.
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