From High Society to the High Desert: Millicent Rogers' Dazzling Journey

Millicent Rogers was in her 40s and thrice-divorced when she met Hollywood heartthrob Clark Gable sometime after World War II. From her vantage point, he looked like he might be The One. Until he decided she certainly wasn’t.

“She chased him. They were dating, but she stalked him in restaurants,” said Cherie Burns, author of Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers (St. Martin’s Press, 2011).

It wasn’t as if the King of Hollywood didn’t give a damn about the worldly socialite, but Rogers eventually saw that he cared more about comely young starlets than he did about her affections. They broke up after she found him escorting the actress Virginia Gray to bed.

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