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 Josephine Dillon

Josephine Dillon

Birth
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 10 Nov 1971 (aged 87)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 80, Grave 4 (This is the stone on the family plot. There is no individual marker for Josephine)
Memorial ID 8995 · View Source
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Drama Coach, Actress. The first wife of Clark Gable. The daughter of prominent attorney Henry Clay Dillon, she was born in Denver and raised in Long Beach, California. After graduating from Stanford University in 1908, she pursued an unremarkable stage career and then set up an acting studio in Portland, Oregon, in 1923. There she took a personal interest in one of her students, William Clark Gable, who was 17 years her junior. They married in 1924 and moved to Hollywood, though their relationship appears to have been strictly professional (both claimed it was never consummated). Dillon gave Gable rigorous acting and vocal lessons, provided financial and moral support, and helped him land bit parts in a few silent films; she may also have suggested he drop his first name. Gable left her after scoring his first success in the Broadway play "Machinal" (1928), and they divorced in 1930. Dillon came to resent being known only as "the first Mrs. Clark Gable", though she continued to advertise him as her "star pupil" and at one point tried to use the connection to get a job at MGM. She made one screen appearance, in the horror film "The Lady and the Monster" (1944). At her death she left an unfinished roman a clef about her years with the Hollywood legend. The manuscript remains unpublished, but it has provided valuable information for Gable's biographers.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 5 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josephine Dillon (26 Jan 1884–10 Nov 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8995, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .