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January 20, 2011
By BETTY?POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor

FEB. 1 will mark the 110th birthday anniversary of a Harrison County native, who became the "King of Hollywood" even though he considered himself as "just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Clark Gable was born in Cadiz and grew up in Hopedale. A replica of his birthplace stands in Cadiz and serves as a museum with memorabilia related to Gable, "Gone With the Wind" and Carole Lombard, the best-known of his five wives. He died in 1960.

The museum and gift shop, a monument to honor Gable as well as an adjacent bed and breakfast are the result of the efforts of The Clark Gable Foundation, which worked for years to establish the museum with the help from individuals and other organizations. Cake and ice cream will be served Feb. 1 at the museum in honor of Gable.

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A PICTURE of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from the movie, “Gone With the Wind,” can be seen in the window of a replica of Gable’s birthplace in Cadiz. His 110th birthday anniversary will be Feb. 1. The house is a museum and gift shop to honor the former resident, who starred in 67 movies.

Gable gained the title of the King of Hollywood as the result of a newspaper poll by Ed Sullivan in 1936.

Celebrations over the years in Harrison County have been linked to his movies. He starred in 67 movies, and his most famous role was as Rhett Butler in "Gone With The Wind."

His ending line in that movie is one of the most famous in film history - "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Pokas can be reached at timesleader@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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