Great Hollywood Tragedies: John Gilbert (1897-1936)
Gilbert was once considered to be one of the greatest leading man in romantic pictures, a true rival to Rudolph Valentino. His romance with Greta Garbo was also heavily publicized at the time, since they were two of the biggest star of MGM.
However, when the talkies came, Gilbert’s voice didn’t suited the audience’s expectations. There are also rumors of strong disagreements with Mayer (head of MGM) over salary and politics.
Gilbert got fired, became alcoholic and died of a heart attack at 38 years old.