HOUSTON -- Kay Gable, widow of movie star Clark Gable, died late Wednesday in a hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 65.
Mrs. Gable had been living in California but was recently admitted to Methodist Hospital for treatment of a heart illness, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Funeral arrangements were being made for her burial this weekend in Los Angeles, said a family spokesman.
For the last 22 years, Mrs. Gable -- the mother of the late superstar's only child -- perpetuated the memory of her third husband. She had been a close friends of Gable for 13 years before their marriage and she wrote a book about her life with the dashing star. She continued to answer his never-ending flow of fan mail.
Mrs. Gable never remarried after Gable died at the age of 59 Nov. 11, 1960. They married in 1955 and she was his fifth wife and the mother of his son, John Clark Gable, 22, who was born four months after his father's death.
Mrs. Gable, a former actress from Erie, Pa., sold the famed 19-acre Gable ranch in San Fernando Valley a decade ago. It has since been subdivided.
Mrs. Gable had a history of heart disease although she led an active life and enjoyed a full social schedule throughout her later years. She spent much of her time working for charitable organizations.
Born Kay William in Erie, Pa., in 1918 and reared on her parents' farm, the young blonde beauty became a New Model. She moved to Hollywood in the 1940s and was put under contract to MGM.
Billed on the screen as Kay Williams, she appeared in a handful of pictures.
Her first husband was Argentine cattle millionaire Martin de Alzaga. She was later married to sugar heir Adolph Spreckels II.
After six stormy years she divorced Spreckels whom she had jailed on one occasion for beating her. In addition to John Clark, Mrs. Gable is survived by two children from her marriage to Spreckles, Joan, 32, and Adolph, 34.