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The King was first published in 1961, shortly after the death of Hollywood legend Clark Gable in 1960. The book traces Gable's life from its humble, hard-scrabble beginnings in Ohio, to his hard-work and determined efforts to achieve success on Broadway, to his meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood, his time spent in the Army Air Force in Europe, and his many loves, includ The King was first published in 1961, shortly after the death of Hollywood legend Clark Gable in 1960. The book traces Gable's life from its humble, hard-scrabble beginnings in Ohio, to his hard-work and determined efforts to achieve success on Broadway, to his meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood, his time spent in the Army Air Force in Europe, and his many loves, including Carole Lombard who was tragically killed in an airplane crash in 1942. The King paints an intimate, contemporary portrait of Clark Gable the man, both on and off camera, and ends with Gable's work on his last film, The Misfits, and his subsequent decline in health and his death on November 16, 1960, at age 59.


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The King was first published in 1961, shortly after the death of Hollywood legend Clark Gable in 1960. The book traces Gable's life from its humble, hard-scrabble beginnings in Ohio, to his hard-work and determined efforts to achieve success on Broadway, to his meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood, his time spent in the Army Air Force in Europe, and his many loves, includ The King was first published in 1961, shortly after the death of Hollywood legend Clark Gable in 1960. The book traces Gable's life from its humble, hard-scrabble beginnings in Ohio, to his hard-work and determined efforts to achieve success on Broadway, to his meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood, his time spent in the Army Air Force in Europe, and his many loves, including Carole Lombard who was tragically killed in an airplane crash in 1942. The King paints an intimate, contemporary portrait of Clark Gable the man, both on and off camera, and ends with Gable's work on his last film, The Misfits, and his subsequent decline in health and his death on November 16, 1960, at age 59.

30 review for The King: A Biography of Clark Gable

  1. 5 out of 5

    GARY J. SMITH

    The King is dead long live the King One of a kind. There will probably be another D Superstar like Gable. He was a man's man at the same time a romantic lover of women. It was refreshing to read about such an icon that did not act like a Hollywood icon. Great read

  2. 4 out of 5

    darlene nutter

    Enjoyed I enjoyed the writing a lot. It showed that Clark was a everyday guy. His career did not just fall into his lap. Basically he was just a good person and for Hollywood that's a rarity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

    I truly enjoyed reading this biography. I truly appreciated this biography from beginning to end. Because I have considered myself to be a self-proclaimed DIEHARD fan of Clark Gable's life, acting career, and movies since I was a little girl, I sincerely thought that Charles Samuels did a fantastic job writing THE KING: A BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK GABLE. Each of the 13 chapters in this biography were long, but I enjoyed Charles Samuels' accurate, interesting writing style used in the representation of I truly enjoyed reading this biography. I truly appreciated this biography from beginning to end. Because I have considered myself to be a self-proclaimed DIEHARD fan of Clark Gable's life, acting career, and movies since I was a little girl, I sincerely thought that Charles Samuels did a fantastic job writing THE KING: A BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK GABLE. Each of the 13 chapters in this biography were long, but I enjoyed Charles Samuels' accurate, interesting writing style used in the representation of Clark Gable's life. Of course, THE KING: A BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK GABLE was overflowing with documented facts, proclaimed legends, and memorable stories in which this larger-than-life man, the beloved "King of Hollywood" was celebrated and remembered, but Charles Samuels put the story together so well that all of the facts, legends, and stories flowed together nicely. Also, this biography was both well-researched and well-documented from the first page to the last; however, I never felt like I was being overwhelmed by facts at any point. I applauded Charles Samuels time and time again throughout this biography for clearly distinguishing between the facts, legends, and stories. THE KING: A BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK GABLE offered me a look at Clark Gable -- as a man -- that I had never read about anywhere else or imagined before. And... I must admit that this look into his private life enabled me to appreciate Clark Gable as a person now just as much as I have always admired him as an actor on the screen. Of course this up-close-and-personal peek into the life of any public figure is the main reason that I have enjoyed reading both autobiographies and biographies for as long as I can remember. The story of a lesson's life can be so compelling and life-changing! And... Having said that, the life of Clark Gable seemed to be intertwined with a myriad of emotions. Some occurrences will be expected, but other occurrences will be surprising. I think that any reader who enjoys reading autobiographies and biographies, is a classic movie fan, and loves Clark Gable should read THE KING: A BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK GABLE. Hopefully, for those readers who might be interested, will enjoy this work by Charles Samuels as I did.

  4. 4 out of 5

    cathyjeanvaccari

    Tedious I applaud the research and dedication to detail from the author. I assume the unrelenting descriptions of the hard physical labor and years of rejection were an effort by the author to invoke an understanding of the personality and character of Mr. Gable; however, I almost "gave up" on several occasions. I am glad to have finished the book. I am grateful for the insight into the subject matter - the actor and the industry - BUT I don't know that I could recommend the book . It was as much Tedious I applaud the research and dedication to detail from the author. I assume the unrelenting descriptions of the hard physical labor and years of rejection were an effort by the author to invoke an understanding of the personality and character of Mr. Gable; however, I almost "gave up" on several occasions. I am glad to have finished the book. I am grateful for the insight into the subject matter - the actor and the industry - BUT I don't know that I could recommend the book . It was as much a punishment as it was a pleasure

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sally A.Herkel

  6. 4 out of 5

    Parker Benchley

  7. 4 out of 5

    THOMAS F GUTHRIE

  8. 5 out of 5

    larry katsoulis

  9. 4 out of 5

    William J Schmidt

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele Smith

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lee Pastura

  12. 4 out of 5

    amelia toporovich

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Westwood

  14. 5 out of 5

    gene mahoney

  15. 4 out of 5

    Flaubertian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard L. Rutherford

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathie A. Brockland

  18. 5 out of 5

    herb wottlin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peggy McKinsey

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Schultz

  21. 4 out of 5

    f.m ryan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet A. Fezatte

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Dallas

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexnadra Dillon

  25. 4 out of 5

    James G. Grispino

  26. 5 out of 5

    James S Apostolina

  27. 4 out of 5

    judy cooney

  28. 5 out of 5

    henry b. madretzke

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Oconnor

  30. 4 out of 5

    dawn taylor

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