Lenspeak: Clark Gable, The Consummate Gentleman
59 years ago, the world lost Clark Gable. Today, we celebrate him as a man with iconic style. Here's his journey, in pictures.
Okay, first things first. It's November, which means it's time for Movember! Movember is that time of the year when men all over the world refrain from trimming their facial hair, in solidarity with each other, to raise awareness about health risks faced by men that often go neglected.
The Movember Foundation, a global charity committed to 'men living happier, healthier, longer lives', highlights the importance of raising a dialogue about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity; all of which are men's health related issues that, due to toxic masculinity, are very rarely spoken about.
Movember does indeed raise that dialogue. It's a movement that has co-opted a symbol of strong masculinity - the beard - and has made it a rallying point for men and women to come together, have fun, break barriers, and start talking about things that were previously heavily stigmatised.
So in the context of Movember, People Magazine did an awesomely fun shoot, where, "five funny men have recreated the most iconic mustaches in history- taking sexy to a whole new level."
One of these men was Adam Scott, and guess the moustache he sported?
Clark Gable's iconic pencil 'stache from Gone with the Wind.
Take a look, and swoon with us:
This shoot coincides with the anniversary of Clark Gable's death.
On November 16, 1960 - 59 years ago, at the age of 59 - this Hollywood behemoth succumbed to an arterial blood clot.
And so we thought we'd take this opportunity to say, well done Adam Scott, but let's get real - Only Clark Gable can be Clark Gable.
Here are some of his most iconic moments, over the course of a wonderful career:
Clark Gable's Headshot for Metro Goldwyn Mayer, circa 1932.
circa 1933: He was most well known for portaying Rhett Butler in 'Gone With The Wind'. He received an Academy Award in 1934, and was crowned 'King of Hollywood' in 1937. He was married a total of five times.
circa 1942: William Clark Gable was considered one of the most smooth-talking Hollywood actors ever.
Clark Gable, the American leading man, relaxing between scenes on the set of the film 'Love On The Run'. The movie was directed by W S Van Dyke for MGM.
circa 1935: Gable was known for taking regular morning rides with his favourite mare.
Circa late 1950s, sitting in his iconic 1955 Ford Thunderbird sports car, with that devillish trademark smile.
Actress Gene Tierney and Clark Gable with Great Dane 'Juno' pictured during the filming of 'Never Let Me Go' in Britain, circa 1952.
Clark Gable enjoys a day out on actor Allan Jones' schooner, the 'Alrene', circa 1936. Jones was married to actress Irene Hervey, hence the name of the boat.
7th June 1943: Clark Gable, who was serving as a gunnery instructor with the US Army Air Force 'somewhere in England', manning a weapon aboard an aircraft.
And finally, his most iconic role:
Clark Gable, in his role as Rhett Butler, kissing the hand of a tearful Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh in 'Gone With The Wind'.