Clark Gable by David Bret

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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.

About David Bret

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David Bret is the author of many acclaimed biographies, including "Elvis: The Hollywood Years," "The Freddie Mercury Story," "Joan Crawford," "Morrissey," "Rock Hudson," "Tallulah Bankhead," and "Valentino,
Published October 22, 2008 by Da Capo Press. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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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.

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A biography of Clark Gable doesn’t skimp on the seamy bits.

Mar 30 2008 | Read Full Review of Clark Gable

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Bret recounts Gable's two failed marriages to women who turned a blind eye towards his affairs with men, such as the actors Earl Larimore, Johnny Mack Brown, William Haines, and Rod LaRocque — men whom Gable outed to the press to prevent himself from being outed.

Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Clark Gable

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