Silver Screen: Clark Gable Museum

 

By Carla Charter

CADIZ, OHIO – Clark Gable is an acting legend, most closely associated with his iconic role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind and his famous line “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” This famous Hollywood star’s roots though, are found in Cadiz Ohio, where he was born on February 1, 1901.

The museum in town is located in a reconstruction of the home where gable was born. The family originally came from Meadville, Pennsylvania and had moved to Ohio to work in the oilfields according to Pat Eberhart, ambassador for the Clark Gable Museum. gable did not come from an acting family, however he found the stage at school at a young age.   After leaving Cadiz the family moved to Northern Ohio. He saw plays there and got the acting bug,” said Eberhart.

“He was at the right time for his style of acting,” she said. Over his career, Gable acted in 67 movies and received a Best Actor Oscar in 1934 for It happened One Night. This was before Gone with the Wind, Eberhart said.

The Clark Gable Museum is housed in a reconstructed version of his home in Cadiz, with the replica of the Gable apartment upstairs.  “You have to get to the apartment from the outside, just like the original apartment,” Eberhart said.

One of the the main attractions at the museum is one of Clark’s 1954 Cadillac Coupe DeVilles. The museum also houses many photos of Gable as well as Gone with the Wind memorabilia.

The museum opened the first full week of March.  It attracts visitors from 47 states and over 25 countries. More information on the Clark gable museum can be found at www.clarkgablefoundation.com