From the Archives: Clark Gable Dies at 59 – Los Angeles Times

Advertisement Obituaries Local From the Archives: Clark Gable Dies at 59 Nov 17, 1960 | 12:00 AM Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night.” (Columbia Pictures Corp.) Clark Gable died at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday at 11 p.m.
The 59-year-old star had been hospitalized since he was stricken with a heart attack Nov. 6.
Advertisement B.J. Caldwell, hospital administrator, said it was assumed that another heart attack took the actor’s life.
“He appeared to be doing fine,” said Caldwell. “He was sitting up, then he put his head back on the pillow and that was that.”
A private duty nurse was the only other person in the room when death came. Dr. Fred Cerini, Gable’s personal physician, was at the actor’s side “in a matter of minutes,” but it was too late to do anything, Caldwell said.
Gable’s wife, Kay, was asleep across the hall when the actor died. She has been staying at the hospital since her husband was stricken and they had eaten dinner together a few hours earlier.
Clark Gable’s death Wife Bearing Up
Mrs. Gable was reported bearing up “reasonably well” from the shock.
Gable, who was stricken at his San Fernando Valley home, had been reported resting comfortably earlier in the evening.
Gable was eagerly awaiting the birth of the baby he and his wife expected in March—his first child.
“This is a dividend that has come too late in life,” Gable recently told a reporter during film shooting in Nevada.
“When I wind up this picture I’m taking off until after the baby is born. I want to be there and I want to be there a good many months afterward.”
The actor’s death followed by only 11 days the deaths of actor Ward Bond and pioneer movie maker Mack Sennett, 81. Both men also died of apparent heart attacks.
The couple had returned to their home in Encino earlier this month after Gable had finished final scenes for “The Misfits,” in which he stars with Marilyn Monroe.
Highly Paid Star
He reportedly was paid more that $48,000 a week in overtime payments for the three weeks of extra work on the film.
Advertisement Gable was long the undisputed “king” of movieland and one of its highest paid stars.
A native of Cadiz, Ohio, Gable broke into the movies after a fling as a roustabout in the Texas and Oklahoma oilfields.
Under the tutelage of his first wife, Josephine Dillon, who operated an “acting clinic” in Hollywood coaching stage actors for the movies, Gable acquired acting “polish” that soon shot him to stardom.
The actor divorced Miss Dillon on April 1, 1930, and later married Mrs. Rita Langham in 1931. They were separated in 1935 and were subsequently divorced in March, 1939.
Then came his marriage to Carole Lombard.
The couple were married in Kingman, Ariz., in 1939 and after the marriage drove back to Los Angeles and went back to work.
Gable and Miss Lombard, each with a lusty sense of humor, quickly became a Hollywood legend.
Shortly after World War II broke out, the actress went on a bond selling tour and on her return home was killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas.
In 1949 the actor married Douglas Fairbanks’ widow, Lady Sylvia Ashley. She divorced him in 1952.
He took his fifth wife, Kay Williams Spreckles, a 37-year-old divorcee, in 1955.
Gable’s film career included an Academy Award winning performance in “It Happened One Night,” and he achieved tremendous success in such other movies as “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Gone With the Wind.”
Among other well known pictures in which he appeared were:
“Hell Divers,” “Strange Interlude,” “Call of the Wild,” “The Hucksters,” “Command Decision,” “Teacher’s Pet,” and “Too Hot to Handle.”
A few months after the United States entered World War II, Gable enlisted in the Army as a private at the age of 41.
He later entered the Army Officer’s candidate school at Miami Beach. He emerged from the school a second lieutenant in 1942 and won his wings as an aerial gunner.
He later went overseas and was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for “exceptionally meritorious achievement” in five combat missions.
Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald in “San Francisco.” (File photo) Known as ‘Loner’
He returned to the United States in late 1943 to assemble a film subject for the Air Force. In the latter part of 1944, Gable, then a major, resume civilian life.
Gable was known in Hollywood circles as a “loner.” Despite his brash movie roles and rugged, he-man appearance, the mustachioed actor was a bashful man who was nervous in crowds.
On the screen he made females swoon in the days before anyone ever heard of bobby-soxers. He once said he had received 5,000 marriage proposals in the mail.
The actor was the son of William Gable, an oil field worker, and Adeline Hershelman, a farm girl who died when Clark was 1 year old.
When Gable was 4, his father married Jennie Dunlap. The family moved to Hopedale, Ohio, and later to Ravenna, Ohio, where his father took up farming.
Slept in Wings
Young Gable took his first job in a rubber factory in Dayton when he was only 15 and while working there saw his first play.
He was stagestruck at once. He gave up his night course in medicine at the University of Akron and got a job as a call boy in the theater at no salary.
He slept in the wings and ate with the money the actors tipped him.
He was doing walkon parts when he was called home because his stepmother was dying. After her death, Gable and his father went to the Oklahoma oil fields to work.
Sold Neckties
Gable left the oil fields after two years of toil there and took a $10 a week job with a stock company theater which folded in Butte, Mont., on a subzero night in 1922.
The young actor grabbed a freight train for Oregon and went to work there in a lumber camp. He later sold neckties in a department store and for a while was a telephone lineman in Portland.
It was while he was repairing telephone wire at the Little Theater of Portland that he met Miss Dillon, who hired him and later helped him join the Forest Taylor stock company.
Clark Gable in 1955. (File photo)
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Netflix renews Big Mouth season 3 for more pubescent depravity

November 17, 2018 at 03:30 PM EST
The hormones and Hormone Monsters will continue to rage on Netflix.
The streaming service just can’t seem to get enough of Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth , so season 3 is officially ago. An announcement was made Saturday with a video highlighting some of the more absurd moments from season 2, promising “puberty gets even messier.” Puberty gets even messier. #BigMouth Season 3 is coming to @netflix in 2019.
— Big Mouth (@bigmouth) November 17, 2018
Created by Kroll, Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, and Mark Levin, Big Mouth is an animated romp through what is essentially inspired by Kroll and Goldberg’s survival through puberty. The voice cast is a who’s who of current comedy greats, like John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Jordan Peele, Jason Mantzoukas, and Jenny Slate.
Season 2 introduced Gina Rodriguez as Gina Alvarez (the first girl in school to grow breasts) and David Thewlis as the Shame Wizard (the Hormone Monster’s mortal enemy).
Netflix continues to keep its viewership numbers behind closed doors, but Big Mouth maintained positive critical reviews across its first two seasons. Season 2 premiered on October 5, so with a renewal coming just over a month later, enough people seem hooked on this no-shame approach to puberty humor.
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15 of the Best ‘About Us’ & ‘About Me’ Pages and How to Make Your Own

Building a website is, in many ways, an exercise of willpower. It’s tempting to get distracted by the bells and whistles of the design process, and forget all about creating compelling content.
It’s that compelling content that’s crucial to making inbound marketing work for your business.
So how do you balance your remarkable content creation with your web design needs? It all starts with the “About Us” page.
For a remarkable about page, all you need to do is figure out your company’s unique identity, and then share it with the world. Easy, right? Of course not. Your “About Us” page is one of the most important pages on your website, and it needs to be well crafted. This profile also happens to be one of the most commonly overlooked pages, which is why you should make it stand out.
The good news? It can be done. In fact, there are some companies out there with remarkable “About Us” pages, the elements of which you can emulate on your own website.
By the end of this post, you’ll know what makes some of today’s best “About Us” and “About Me” pages so great, and how to make your own about page that shares your company’s greatness.
Best About Us Page Examples Yellow Leaf Hammocks Eight Hour Day Joe Payton Apptopia Moz Aja Frost Cultivated Wit Kero One Nike Refinery29 Sara Dietschy Marie Catribs Marc Ensign Bulldog Skincare Doomtree 1. Yellow Leaf Hammocks Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It tells us a story. When you have a great story about how your product or service was built to change lives, share it. The “About Us” page is a great place for it to live, too. Good stories humanize your brand, providing context and meaning for your product. What’s more, good stories are sticky — which means people are more likely to connect with them and pass them on.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks tells users about its product by describing how the hammocks empower artisan weavers and their families. The company breaks down different pieces of the story into sections that combine words and easily digestible graphics, painting a picture instead of big chunks of text. They’re clear about why they’re different: “Not a Charity,” the page reads. And then: “This is the basis for a brighter future, built on a hand up, not a handout.”
Every company has a story to tell, so break out your storytelling skills from that random English class you took years ago and put them to work on your “About Us” page. Using descriptive and emotive copy and gorgeous graphics, an “About Us” page with a story works harder for your business than a generic one.
2. Eight Hour Day Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It’s human. People tend to think that “About Us” pages have to sound formal to gain credibility and trust. But most people find it easier to trust real human beings, rather than a description that sounds like it came from an automaton. Trying to sound too professional on your “About Us” page results in stiff, “safe” copy and design — the perfect way to make sure your company blends in with the masses.
Instead, Eight Hour Day showcases the people behind the company and humanizes its brand. Introducing the founders by name and featuring the photos of them on the “About Us” page drives home the point that Nathan and Katie are — as they so astutely put it — “two individuals with a passion for creativity — creativity makes us happy.”
When you’re designing your “About Us” page, avoid industry jargon and replace it with an authentic voice — yours — to describe your product or service. Sure, it needs to be polished and free of errors, but it should always sound friendly and real.
3. Joe Payton Why the “About Me” Page Rocks: It’s confident, creative, and easy to skim. “About Us” pages might encompass the values of more than one person or entity, but they’re no more important to the image of a business than your personal about page. Take Joe Payton’s “About Me” page, below.
Not only does Joe’s illustrative self-portrait give him a personal brand that customers will remember, but it also demonstrates his expertise as a designer and animator. His website visitors can learn not just what he does, but why he does it, in an easily digestible way. Being able to express his values as a creative professional in such a well-organized page is something to be desired by anyone creating their own about page.
4. Apptopia Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It skips the business babble. We know — no industry jargon. If you think it makes you sound super smart on your “About Us” page, think again. People want and appreciate straight talk about what your business does. After all, if people can’t figure out what you do, how will they know they need your product or service?
So, skip the industry lingo — that’s what Apptopia does on its “About Us” page. The startup’s simple but polished language effectively communicates the company’s offering while still allowing the Average Joe to understand it.
The moral of the story: Try to get rid of jargon on your “About Us” page whenever possible. Use short and punchy sentences to explain complex products and ideas in a way that isn’t patronizing, but rather, is empathetic.
5. Moz Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It’s humble. Instead of following the classic “About Us” script and writing a few paragraphs about the company’s mission and origins, try something different — there are plenty of ways to make your brand more compelling to someone who doesn’t know about you.
Take Moz, for example. A lot has happened since it was founded in 2004, so the company chose to share those milestones using a fun and clean design that incorporates clear headers, concise blurbs, and little graphics to break up the text.
We especially love the humble references to how Moz received funding, how it switched its brand positioning — and most importantly, how it switched back to its original model. This speaks volumes to the value honesty and humbleness can play to your customers. Don’t be afraid to talk about your ups and downs; your customers will trust what you say that much more.
6. Aja Frost Why the “About Me” Page Rocks: It’s data-driven. Alright, we might be biased in highlighting this professional, as Aja is our very own SEO strategist at HubSpot. Nonetheless, the ingenuity she brings to the company isn’t lost on her website’s “About Me” page.
Being a data-driven professional, Aja knows her own clients as a freelance writer and strategist don’t just want to see what she’s written — they want to see how her content has performed. With that in mind, her “About Me” page tells a story of her career growth, which peaks — no pun intended — at an impressive line graph showing the result of an SEO strategy she implemented for the HubSpot Blog. (The graph’s sharp decline at September simply indicates when she stopped collecting data.)
Following the impressive chart, Aja closes out her about page with a personal note on what she does in her spare time — always a good way to humanize yourself in the eyes of your potential customers.
7. Cultivated Wit Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It breaks the mold. Yes, this post is about, well, “About Us” pages. But sometimes, you don’t always need to wait for users to get there in order to make a statement. That’s part of breaking the mold to showcase your company’s personality.
That’s exactly what Cultivated Wit — a creative agency and media company — does, with both an edgy name and an incredibly fun story told through video and parallax scrolling … right on its homepage.
Below is the actual “About Us” page, which is a gem once you get there. But it’s great to see a company embrace its own brand of quirk throughout the site.
Even if you have a dedicated “About Us” page, there are plenty of ways to creatively showcase your company’s personality throughout your entire website. And yeah, that’s harder than filling a stock “About Us” template — but it can have a significant payoff for your brand.
8. Kero One Why the “About Me” Page Rocks: It’s multilingual. Kero One is a hip-hop artist and DJ from San Francisco, and his “About Me” page carries a valuable lesson to personal brands who cater to more than one audience — especially if those audiences speak different languages.
Kero One’s story starts at his childhood, when he was six years old and first discovered a passion for hip-hop. Knowing how old and genuine his love for the genre is adds tremendous value to his own music in the eyes of his listeners.
While this entrepreneur’s childhood interests help to deepen his audience, the second screenshot below helps Kero One widen it. His “About Me” page first tells his story in English, then in Japanese, then in Korean, then in Chinese. Accommodating these Southeast Asian audiences makes his brand more inclusive of all the audiences he identifies with.

9. Nike Why the About Us Page Rocks: It knows its audience. Nike might seem like a company that’s too big to inspire smaller businesses. You might even wonder if Nike even still has an “About Us” page. As a matter of fact, it does, and it hasn’t forgotten the company’s roots.
Nike began on the campus of the University of Oregon by the hand of the college’s track coach, Bill Bowerman. And even though he no longer works at the company, one of his beloved quotes still brands the bottom of Nike’s “About Us” page below: “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”
This bold sentence, referenced by the asterisked “Athlete” in the words right above it, sheds important light on Nike’s audience. The brand may be big today, but Nike is all about the rising stars — who Nike depends on to, according to the rest of its “About Us” page, “expand human potential.”
The takeaway for marketers? Know your audience, and make it obvious to that audience the instant they read about you on your website.
10. Refinery29 Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It tells you what’s most important. Here’s another instance where any area of your website — not just the “About Us” page — is an opportunity to break the mold.
Many companies add just a simple mission statement or company profile, but people often don’t want to ready a wall of text explaining what you do. So, Refinery29 broke it down to convey the intangible qualities that are tough to include in a basic “About Us” page.
Although Refinery29 does introduce its page with a description of its business, its goes out on a bang — four bangs, to be exact. The organization is on a “mission,” sure, but there’s also an “essence” of Refinery29, a “promise” it keeps, and a “vibe” it gives off.
These aren’t company traits you’d think to include when starting out, but they’re what your customers often make gut decisions on when buying.
11. Sara Dietschy Why the “About Me” Page Rocks: It has variety but still aligns with her personal brand. This professional YouTube content creator has an eclectic collection of videos related to technology and culture, and expresses that diversity all over her “About Me” page.
In addition to the vibrant self-portrait at the top of the page, Sara’s first sentence tells you just how many people subscribe to her channel: 350,000. This is an important number to know for her potential video advertisers and collaborators who want to know how much exposure they’d get by working with her or advertising on her channel.
The colored tiles lining the page — starting with the red one, as shown below — also do a terrific job segmenting her work by the types of projects she takes up and for whom she’s done them. That Intel logo in the second photo of Sara, below, is sure to turn some visitors’ heads as they’re perusing her website.
12. Marie Catribs Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It’s unexpected. There’s a reason why these examples are exceptional — “About Us” pages aren’t always the most riveting parts of a company’s website. In fact, they often look like an afterthought. But even if you don’t have budget for juicy graphics, video, or parallax scrolling, there are other ways to make your “About Us” page unexpected with the copy alone.
Marie Catrib’s is a restaurant, so you might think their “About Us” page would be your typical “here’s how we started, here’s what we believe in, and here’s our food” story. Marie Catrib’s “About Us” page does tells us that — but it does so in an unconventional way. Immediately, the user’s eyes are drawn to a header that says, “It’s okay to make a mess, experiments can lead to beautiful things.” Quite philosophical, for a place to have dinner.
But next comes the story about the owner, which starts in an unexpected way — “It’s hard to imagine, but at one time Marie was banned from the family kitchen.” A line like that draws in the audience, because we know it’s not going to be typical.
So, how will you use copy to really draw readers in? It’s amazing what impression you can make on site visitors just by creatively telling your story with words alone.
13. Marc Ensign Why the “About Me” Page Rocks: It’s funny but professional. This branding expert does two things super well on his about page: He takes his work seriously, but doesn’t take himself too seriously. Marketers know there’s value to keeping a casual tone in the content they create, but in order to attract customers, you need to prove you have discipline and integrity. That’s a tough balance to get right.
Marc Ensign nails that balance between friendly and formal with a confident opening statement, followed by an amusing smiley photo of himself to set an inviting tone.
14. Bulldog Skincare Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: It’s lovable and memorable. What’s the difference between “average” marketing and lovable marketing ? It’s the difference between creating generic webpages that provide great information, but in a straightforward, black-and-white kind of way — versus creating webpages that provide great information and are infused with color, personality, and stay true to a company’s unique brand voice. When you create lovable marketing, you can start a movement of brand evangelists and advocates who will help you grow.
Where does this fit into a company’s “About Us” page? The folks at Bulldog, a men’s skincare company that was named for the colloquial “man’s best friend” — a dog — could have typed up a few paragraphs about where the brand came from and how they were one of the first in the space to redefine and eliminate stereotypes around men’s grooming. But that text alone would have been a bit, well, average.
Instead, the “About Us” page is pithy, colorful, and leads with the lovable mug of an adorable bulldog — fitting the name and the brand. And it states the purpose of the products — to help customers from waking up with the (admittedly adorable) wrinkly face you see when you visit Bulldog’s website.
Play on your own words — it’s okay to have fun and pun with your brand, as it helps to inject personality and humor into your “About Us” page. It primes visitors for a story in a way that makes them immediately feel something. That’s how you create memorable, lovable marketing.
15. Doomtree Why the “About Us” Page Rocks: Its shows, tells, and has a soundtrack. One minute of video is worth 1.8 million words, according to Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey . But what about audio and visual, too, all combined with a really cool story? Well, that’s one way to tell your story in an engaging way — through multimedia.
Doomtree is built on a bit of an innovative concept: That a group of talented artists can each have thriving solo careers, but can still come together on a regular basis to create great music. It’s not a band — it’s a crew. It’s an unconventional concept with an equally interesting backstory that “started as a mess of friends in Minneapolis, fooling around after school, trying to make music without reading the manual.” And as soon as you arrive on Doomtree’s ‘About Us’ page, you’re greeted with big, bold photos of those friends.
As you scroll down, users are treated to even more interaction with the crew’s tracks and music videos. That makes sense, because it gives visitors an instant sample of Doomtree’s product. What’s more, the entire “About Us” page is responsive, including the video. That’s important — not only because it offers site visitors a great mobile experience, but also for Google search ranking — especially now that such mobile usage has surpassed desktop .
How to Write an About Page Establish a mission statement. Outline our company story. Reveal how you’ve evolved. State your “aha!” moment. Explain who you serve. Explain what you’re offering them. Cite examples of who you’ve served. Describe your values. It’s tough to establish one all-encompassing template for your “About Us” page — there are just so many ways you can go about telling your company story. But, per the real “About Us” pages we’ve just highlighted, there are some steps you should keep in mind when getting started.
Here are five steps to writing an “About Us” page based on some of the things that impressed us about the examples above.
1. Establish a mission statement. Your “About Us” page can and will be much longer than a single mission statement, but in order to draw people in, you need to succinctly state your goal in the industry up front. What are you here to do? Why should your website visitors care?
2. Outline your company story. You might not have a long history of changes and growth your company has endured (yet), but it’s a nice touch to talk about where you came from in your “About Us” page. So, isolate the milestones prior your company’s founding, and use them to give readers some backstory on your current venture.
3. Reveal how you’ve evolved. Even if you’re a young company, there’s no shame in admitting your business strategy — or even personal way of thinking — has changed since you began. In fact, in about pages, these evolutions can improve the story you tell to website visitors.
About pages are perfect spaces to talk about where you started, how you’ve grown, and the ideals that have helped your organization mature. Use these moments to further your company story and show people that you’re always ready to change and adapt to the needs of your industry.
4. State your “aha!” moment. Every good company was founded on an idea — something the current marketplace might not yet offer. What was your idea? Use this “Aha!” moment as a pivot point when telling your company story. What was a challenge you faced while developing your company? How did this challenge or discovery shape what you are today?
5. Explain who you serve. As much as you want as many eyeballs on your “About Us” page as possible, you won’t do business with every single one of them. That’s why it’s crucial that you identify and mention your core customer. Who should care you exist? Which eyeballs are you here to serve?
6. Explain what you’re offering them. As you’re explaining who you serve, make it clear what it is you’re offering. Too often companies generalize their product or service in the language of their website, making it hard to understand what it is the customer is actually paying for. They’re afraid literal explanations of their products aren’t interesting enough, or will sound unappealing in writing. And that’s a fair concern.
However, by investing just a sentence or two into telling your potential customers exactly what they’ll receive can keep them on your website for longer and interested in learning more.
7. Cite examples of who you’ve served. Got some loyal customers in your portfolio? Use your about page to let the world know who already trusts and benefits from your work.
Knowing about your company’s past successes can influence the purchasing decision of up to 90% of today’s B2B customers , according to Dimensional Research. Even if you don’t yet have case studies to expand on the problems you’ve helped buyers solve, it’s in your interest to briefly mention who you’ve done this for. And your about page is the perfect platform for it.
8. Describe your values. Customers want to be treated like human beings. For that to happen, they need to feel that they’re being treated by human beings. When finishing your “About Us” page, describe who you are as a person or a team, and what your personal values are. What’s your company culture like? What bigger picture in life drives your business?
An LED lightbulb maker might sell 10 different lamp styles, for example, but that might not be the most important characteristic to its primary audience. Maybe this lightbulb developer was founded on a commitment to environmental protection, and every bulb the company makes was built by people who are dedicated to making the world more energy-efficient.
Keep in mind a secondary audience of your company’s “About Us” page consists of your future employees. This is another reason describing your personal values is a good idea — the key to your job candidates’ hearts is to show them you have one too.
At this point, we hope that creating an “About Us” page doesn’t seem like a daunting task — rather, we hope you’re ready to have some fun with it. With a good story to tell, creative copy, humility, and digestible visuals, you’re on your way to an eye-catching user experience.
Even better? You’re becoming part of the exception — and standing out from a sea of “About Us” pages. What makes you different? We’re eager to learn more … about you.
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Originally published Nov 18, 2018 11:11:00 PM, updated November 19 2018
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