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John Gilbert
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    (July 10, 1899-January 9, 1936)
    Birth name is John Cecil Pringle
    Starred in films 'Hell's Hinges (1916),' 'the Love Gambler (1922),' 'Monte Cristo (1922),' 'Cameo Kirby (1923),' 'His Hour (1924),' 'He Who Gets Slapped (1924),' 'The Merry Widow (1925),' 'The Big Parade (1925),' 'La Boheme (1926),' 'Love (1927),' 'Flesh and the Devil (1927),' 'The Show (1927),' 'Twelve Miles Out (1927),' 'A Woman of Affairs (1928),' 'The Cossacks (1928),' 'Desert Nights (1929),' 'His Glorious Night (1929),' 'A Man's Man (1929),' 'Redemption (1930),' 'A Way for a Sailor (1930),' 'Downstairs (1932),' 'Fast Workers (1933),' 'Queen Christina (1933),' and 'The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)'
    He smoked.
    He was married four times and each marriage ended in divorce.
    Two of his marriages were to one of his co-stars.
    His broken marriage to Greta Garbo led to his drinking problem.
    He went from playing tragic figures in silent films to playing the villain in talkies.
    His career crashed as soon as talkies became popular, even though he adjusted quite easily to them.
    He was a versatile actor who was not appreciated for his acting ability.
    He made five films with Greta Garbo; their relationship was as torrid in real life as it was on screen.
    At their wedding ceremony, she left him at the church altar, after having second thoughts about marrying him.
    When his career began to falter, Greta attempted to help him by giving him the lead role opposite her in 'Queen Christina (1933).'
    The character Norman Maine in 'A Star is Born (1937)' is said to have been based on him.
    He is pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps honoring stars of the silent screen.
    He suffered a fatal heart attack and died (January 9, 1936) He was slated to appear as one of the leads in 'Garden of Allah (1936)' but he died before filming could begin.

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