Wednesday, November 16, 1960: The death of Clark Gable

Movie star Clark Gable dies, 10 days after suffering a heart attack and 12 days after finishing his last film, "The Misfits." He was 59. "The Misfits" had been a physically demanding role for Gable, who lost some 30 pounds before filming began. He won the Academy Award for best actor in 1934 for "It Happened One Night." He was also nominated in 1935 for "Mutiny on the Bounty" and in 1939 for his best-known role, as Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind." (The photo is from the 1936 movie "San Francisco.")

* Short biography from Turner Classic Movies: @
* Death certificate: @
* Los Angeles Mirror front page: @
* Synopsis of "It Happened One Night": @
* Clip from "It Happened One Night" (Gable's mannerisms while eating the carrot helped inspire the persona of cartoon character Bugs Bunny): @
* Synopsis of "Mutiny on the Bounty": @
* Synopsis of "Gone With the Wind": @

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