William Clark Gable (1901–1960) was an American film actor. Though arguably best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind, Gable starred in a number of well-known films, among them It Happened One Night (1934), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and The Misfits (1961).
His performance in Gone with the Wind earned him his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor; he was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty and won for It Happened One Night.
Gable appeared opposite some of the most popular actresses of the time. Joan Crawford, who was his favorite actress to work with, was partnered with Gable in eight films, Myrna Loy worked with him seven times, and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions. He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner in three each. Gable’s final film, The Misfits (1961), paired him with Marilyn Monroe (also in her last screen appearance).
Claudette Colbert (1903 – 1996) was a French-American stage and film actress, and a leading lady for two decades.
Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent of talking pictures. Initially associated with Paramount Pictures, later gradually Colbert shifted to a freelance actor. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night (1934), and also received Academy Award nominations in Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1944). With her round apple-face, Colbert was known as the expert screwball comedienne, and forged a decent film career for herself in versatility playing characters that ranged from vamps to housewives that encompassed melodrama, led to her becoming the industry’s biggest box-office star in 1938 and 1942. During her successful career, Colbert played in sixty-five movies.
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