2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
By Sally Tippett Rains
“No, I don’t think I will kiss you. Although you need kissing badly. That’s what wrong with you. You should be kissed, and often, by someone who knows how.”
On his 111th birthday, the Clark Gable Foundation and accomplished sculptor Lou Cella begin a pursuit in preserving the memory of this great American, an icon beyond his work in films, where his commanding presence still inspires current filmmakers. With your help, Cella will create a life-size interactive bronze sculpture of Hollywood Legend, Ohio native and King of the Golden age of film, Clark Gable. The sculpture, designed with Clark seated on a park bench, will be placed in front of the house where he was born, located in Cadiz, Ohio, that is now the home of the Clark Gable Foundation and museum. www.clarkgablefoundation.com
Today, the Foundation is already a popular tourist destination with many fascinating items connected to the history of Clark Gable that extend from a match cup he once kept in his dressing room, to letters from President Eisenhower, and J. Edgar Hoover, to a Cadillac he once owned. The life-size bronze sculpture that Cella would like to create will not only pay tribute to the King, but create a focal point and destination for fans to visit in a way that brings them close to a life-size Clark Gable. This sculpture will be designed with a bench that gives visitors a place to sit next to Clark and have their picture taken. The bronze sculpture with patina is a long-lasting material that could last hundreds, even thousands of years.
Artwork like this has many steps and takes a long time to create. With more than 20 years of sculpting experience including statues of famous athletes, Cella knows the process to complete this work could take ideally from six months to a year. Consequently, the work costs a great deal of money.
As an experienced sculptor with The Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studiowww.rotblattamrany.com he has the skills and background to make it happen.
His team of artists have created privately-funded pieces that are life-sized and larger, located all over the country. These include Michael Jordan, Carlton Fisk, Jim Lovell, Ernie Banks, Vince Lombardi, Saint Theresa, Dave Niehaus, Gordie Howe and Ray Kroc to name a very few. But now the public has an opportunity to be a part of film history and add to the Clark Gable legacy.
A NOTE FROM THE SCULPTOR:
It has long been a dream of mine to create a life-sized sculpture of Clark Gable. Now, together with The Clark Gable Foundation, we ask you to take part in commemorating the King of Hollywood with this accessible work of art that will give you an exclusive place in the ongoing history of Clark Gable.
WE WILL RECEIVE NO MONEY if we do not reach our goal of $80,000. Please remember that Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING proposition. If we do not make it to our goal of $80,000 by our deadline, this project does not receive a penny, and all of the contributions are refunded. So if you are considering a donation please do not delay.
The Clark Gable Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that operates almost entirely on donations and fundraisers. By making a donation to the Clark Gable Foundation, you will be eligible for some very unique and elegant rewards while your contribution will be tax deductible. Any contribution you make to this exciting piece of art will be greatly appreciated. Please note some of the rewards are limited, but any contribution you make to this exciting piece of art will be greatly appreciated. –Lou Cella
Clark Gable History
Clark was born February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio
He was married five times. His third wife Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash following a War Bond tour. Carole Lombard was considered the first American civilian killed in the line of duty in WW II.
His first screen appearance was in a Clara Bow film, “The Plastic Age”.
He won an Academy Award for his role in “It Happened One Night”. This would be his only Oscar.
He was nominated for best actor Oscars in San Francisco, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Gone With The Wind.
Clark served in World War Two. He saw action as an Aerial gunner, and reached the rank of Captain.
Clark addressed the Republican National Convention in 1952, supporting General Dwight David Eisenhower.
Clark was asked to co-star in the film The Alamo. Actor/director John Wayne wanted Gable to play the role of Colonel Travis. Clark wanted to be in the film but had to decline due to his commitment to John Huston, and Arthur Miller for The Misfits.
The Misfits was his last film. He co-starred with Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Eli Wallach. Clark died within a month after filming completed on the Misfits. He was excitedly awaiting the birth of his only son, John Clark Gable, at the time of his death.
Clark died of a heart attack, November 16, 1960.
Notable co-stars: Fred Astaire, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Bill Boyd, Raymond Burr, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Olivia DeHavilland, Nelson Eddie, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow, Heddy Lamar, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Sophia Loren, Myrna Loy, Hattie Macdaniel, Jeanette Macdonald, Burgess Merideth, Frank Morgan, William Powell, Sidney Poitier, Don Rickles, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Stewart, The Three Stooges, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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Sally Tippett Rains is the author of 11 books including The Making of a Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind. (www.GWTWbook.com) For sports fans she encourages you to read TheStLSportsPage.com the daily sports website she manages.