The Loves of Clark Gable
From Modern Screen, 1931
by Walter Ramsey
Almost since the day Clark Gable’s first picture was shown in Hollywood, he has been asked to give his views on women, love, marriage and divorce. His answer has always been “No!” But in this statement, exclusive to Modern Screen, he tells for the first time all of his thoughts, ideals and illusions with regard to the many women he has known — a few of whom he has learned to love.
“Right at the outset,” he said, “I want it understood by those who read this magazine that I have been married twice — not four times, as an erroneous report has it. Nor have I a son — as another report stated. I would have absolutely no reason to be untruthful about the subject in any way . . . many persons have been married a number of times and in most instances married people have children. But I haven’t … so far.”
I was quite impressed with this opening statement of Clark Gable’s for the reason that it proved him the type of man who likes to put “his cards on the table” . . . and that is the type of man I have learned to believe. The sincerity with which he portrays a character on the screen isn’t lost one whit in his off-screen attitude. He has the same tone, of conviction over a luncheon table that you have learned to enjoy over the microphone. He is a splendid fellow, personally, and a real gentleman. I asked him, rather hesitantly, to tell me of all the women he had known in his life . . . right from the beginning. He had promised me the story and he came through. But the manner in which Clark Gable tells of the women he has known, stamps him all the deeper as a gentleman. You be the judge!