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Village Proud of Hollywood Legend

March 28, 2013
By TYLER REYNARD - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CADIZ - In a home along Charleston Street, the village of Cadiz pays tribute to its favorite son, who would go on to become one of the enduring legends of the big screen, regarded as the "King of Hollywood."

Clark Gable was born on Feb. 1, 1901, in a house on Charleston Street. The structure that sits on that plot today is not the one in which Gable was born; the original home was razed sometime in the 1960s. But in the 1980s, a group of Cadiz residents realized the mistake and endeavored to recreate the home, vowing to celebrate their hometown treasure.

Gable starred in films such as "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "The Misfits," and most famously as "Rhett Butler" in "Gone with the Wind," one of the most popular films of all time. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning for his performance in 1934's "It Happened One Night."

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Clark Gable, who would go on to be known as the “King of Hollywood,” was born Feb. 1, 1901, in a house on Charleston Street in Cadiz.

Photo by Tyler Reynard

In 1984, a group of villagers formed The Clark Gable Foundation and marked the first celebration of the actor on his birthday in the following year. The village continued to celebrate Gable's birthday annually, even enlisting the actor's family members and former co-stars to travel to Cadiz.

After years of fundraising, a reconstruction of Gable's childhood home on the same plot of land was dedicated in 1998. The building is decorated in the style of Gable's youth, and operates as a museum and gift shop replete with items from the actor's personal life and career in front of the camera. Also on display is a large collection of the personal possessions of Gable's wife, actress Carol Lombard. The foundation also houses Gable's 1954 Cadillac.

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