John Gilbert, popular leading man of the 1920s known as "The Great Lover." His career began to wane with the arrival of talkies.

John Gilbert, popular leading man of the 1920s known as "The Great Lover." His career began to wane with the arrival of talkies.

John Gilbert allegedly proposed to Garbo numerous times. Legend has it that when a double marriage was arranged in 1926 (with Eleanor Boardman and King Vidor), Garbo failed to appear at the ceremony. Her recent biographers, however, question the veracity of this story.

John Gilbert allegedly proposed to Garbo numerous times. Legend has it that when a double marriage was arranged in 1926 (with Eleanor Boardman and King Vidor), Garbo failed to appear at the ceremony. Her recent biographers, however, question the veracity of this story.

John Gilbert (July 10, 1897 - Jan. 9, 1936) So sad. It's so sad that She, G. G., and he, didn't marry. It might have been the best thing for both of them.

John Gilbert (July 10, 1897 - Jan. 9, 1936) So sad. It's so sad that She, G. G., and he, didn't marry. It might have been the best thing for both of them.

Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, Flesh and the Devil, 1926

Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, Flesh and the Devil, 1926

don56: “John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in “Queen Christina” ”

don56: “John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in “Queen Christina” ”

National Ozark Riverways - John Gilbert

National Ozark Riverways - John Gilbert

John Gilbert is in the doghouse in this shot, but if you look closely, it's also a cathouse! Poseidon's Underworld: February 2016

John Gilbert is in the doghouse in this shot, but if you look closely, it's also a cathouse! Poseidon's Underworld: February 2016

John Gilbert - Beautiful vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte 8 x 10 in. Waxman photo (ca. 1920s) inscribed and signed to a studio hairstylist,  “For my lady barber - Sincerely John Gilbert".

John Gilbert - Beautiful vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte 8 x 10 in. Waxman photo (ca. 1920s) inscribed and signed to a studio hairstylist, “For my lady barber - Sincerely John Gilbert".

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