Clark Gable (1901 - 1960)
Clark Gable is best known for his role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His Will, which he signed on September 19, 1955, leaves all his property to his former wife, Josephine Dillon and his current wife, Kathleen G. Gable. He died on November 16, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. For more information about Clark Gable, please see his biography in Wikipedia.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
I, CLARK GABLE, being of sound and disposing mind, and free from fraud, duress, menace or undue influence, do hereby make, declare and publish this, my Last Will and Testament.
FIRST: I hereby expressly revoke any and all former wills and Codicils thereto heretofore made by me.
SECOND: I hereby declare that I am married to Kathleen G. Gable and that I have no children.
THIRD: I direct that all of my just debts, expenses of last illness and expenses of burial be first paid.
FOURTH: I give, devise and bequeath to JOSEPHINE DILLON, my former wife, that certain real property situate in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, known as 12746 Landale, North Hollywood, California, and more particularly described as follows:
The West fifty (50) feet of the East one hundred (100) feet of Lot 9, Tract 5588, as per map recorded in Book 59, page 49, of Maps, in the office of the Recorder of said County.
FIFTH: All of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal or mixed, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, KATHLEEN G. GABLE.
SIXTH: I direct that all succession, inheritance or other death taxes or duties (by whatever name called) imposed upon or in relation to any property owned by me at the time of my death or required to be included in my gross estate under the provisions of any tax law shall be paid out of the residue of my estate without any charge therefor against any specific bequest or devise hereunder or against any assets not included in my probate estate.
SEVENTH: I hereby generally and expressly disinherit each and all persons whomsoever claiming to be and who may be my heirs at law, and each and all persons whomsoever who, if I died intestate, would be entitled to any part of my estate, except those herein provided for. If any devisee, legatee or beneficiary under this Will, or any person claiming under or through any devisee, legatee or beneficiary, or any other person who, if I died wholly or partially intestate, would be entitled to share in my estate, shall in any manner whatsoever, directly or indirectly, contest this Will or attack or oppose, or in any manner seek to impair or invalidate any provision hereof, or shall endeavor to succeed to any part of my estate otherwise than through this Will, then in each of the above mentioned cases I hereby bequeath to such person or persons the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar only, and all other bequests, devises and interest in this Will given to such person or persons shall be forfeited and become a part of the residue of my estate.
EIGHTH: I hereby appoint my beloved wife, KATHLEEN G. GABLE, to serve as executrix of my estate, without bond.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 19 day of September_, 1955.
The foregoing instrument, consisting of three pages, including the page signed by the testator, was on the date hereof by the said CLARK GABLE, subscribed, published and declared to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, and each of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have signed the same as witnesses thereto.
Ref: Last Will and Testament of Clark Gable