Alluring silent celeb who starred in It and Wings in 1937. She became a package office draw among the leading sex icons from the Roaring Twenties. She was a monitor champion in senior high school, though she experienced a miserable period in the home and in course. Her last film was Hoop-La; afterward, she thought we would be considered a rancher with her spouse Rex Bell. She experienced two sons with Rex Bell in 1934 and 1938. She made an appearance in Grit, that was based on a tale compiled by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Full Name Clara Bow
Date Of Birth July 29, 1905
Died September 27, 1965, Culver City, California, United States
Movies It, Call Her Savage, The Saturday Night Kid, The Wild Party, Mantrap, Wings, Hula, The Plastic Age, Dancing Mothers, Down to the Sea in Ships, Black Oxen, True to the Navy, Children of Divorce, Maytime, Beyond the Rainbow, Get Your Man, My Lady of Whims, Hoop-La, Rough House Rosie, Helen's Babies, Dangerous Curves, Her Wedding Night, Kid Boots, Red Hair, Ladies of the Mob, Three Weekends, My Lady's Lips, The Lawful Cheater, Kiss Me Again, The Ancient Mariner, The Best Bad Man, No Limit, The Runaway, Wine, Black Lightning, The House That Shadows Built, Free to Love, Enemies of Women, Parisian Love, Love Among the Millionaires, Kick In, The Daring Years, The Fleet's In, Daughters of Pleasure, Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo, Eve's Lover, The Scarlet West, Shadow of the Law, Gaslight Follies
Star Sign Leo
Prince refers to her in his song "Condition of the Heart". The line goes, "There was a woman from the ghetto who made funny faces just like Clara Bow".
Had a turbulent love affair with actor Bela Lugosi (who had yet to deliver his legendary screen performance in Dracula (1931)) in the late '20s. Lugosi had a nude portrait of Bow hanging in the bedroom of his small Hollywood apartment for the rest of his life.
Her father, Robert Bow, was rarely present and may have had a mental impairment. Whenever he returned home, he was verbally and physically abusive to both wife and daughter. Reportedly he raped Clara when she was 15 or 16 years old.
Her mother, Sarah Gordon, was an occasional prostitute who suffered from mental illness and epilepsy. She was noted for her frequent public affairs with local firemen.
As soon as Bow started to make money, she brought her father to live with her in Hollywood. For the next few years, she funded numerous business ventures for him, including a restaurant and a dry cleaners, all of which failed. He soon became a drunken nuisance on her sets, where he would try to pick up young girls by telling them his daughter was Clara Bow.
1994: She was honored with an image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
1949: After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, her regimen included shock treatments. Later in her life her husband sent her to one of the top mental institutions in the nation.
1928: She became the highest paid movie star, receiving $35,000 per week.
Fellow actress Jeanine Louise DeName was born and raised in a neighborhood that Clara had briefly resided in as a youth, in Brooklyn, NY.
Became a lifelong insomniac after her mother tried to kill her in her sleep.
Preferred playing poker with her cook, maid, and chauffeur over attending her movie premieres.
Clara applied her red lipstick in the shape of a heart. Women who imitated this shape were said to be putting a "Clara Bow" on their mouths.
Kristin Hersh wrote a song about her for the band 50 Foot Wave entitled "Clara Bow." It appears on the band's debut album "Golden Ocean".
The stories about her being a rather loose and unrestrained free spirit earned her a somewhat notorious reputation that would follow her for the rest of her life. Many legends and rumors grew up around her, thanks in large part to the tabloid press. After her death there were rumors that she had faked her death, and some had reported seeing her visiting her own grave.
Refused to write her memoirs on the grounds there were many things that might embarrass her two sons and their families. She felt all the money in the world would not compensate for the embarrassment.
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1924.
Her mother was mentally ill and was committed to a mental institution where she died when Clara was still relatively young.
[asked for her thoughts on Marilyn Monroe after Monroe's death] A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.
[on her poverty-stricken childhood in Brooklyn] No one wanted me in the first place. Often I was lonesome, frightened and miserable. I never had a doll in my life. I never had any clothes, and lots of times didn't have anything to eat. We just lived, and that'a about all. Girls shunned me because I was so poorly dressed - the worst looking kid on the street. I decided that girls weren't any good, and being lonely and needing child friends, cast my lot with the neighborhood boys. I became a regular tomboy - played baseball, football and learned to box.
[on the death of her grandfather when she was five] The first night, as he lay in his coffin in the dining room, I crept out of my bed and lay down on the floor beside him because I had the feeling that he might be lonely. My father found me there in the morning, almost frozen. I said, 'Hush, you mustn't wake grandfather. He's sleeping.'
People used to say that I had a feeling of closeness, a great warmth of loving everybody, that they could tell me their troubles.
When I decided to leave the screen, I told Ben Schulberg [producer B.P. Schulberg] I would not finish my contract or ever work again for anyone. He yelled and threatened to sue me and I said, "Go ahead, Ben, sue me. I've fought a thief and a blackmailer and, if after such heartaches I am forced to fight you and the studio, so be it".
We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they're sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.
A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.
[when asked what "It" was, replying in her perfect Brooklyn accent] I ain't real sure.
[on director Victor Fleming] Of all the men I've known, there was a man.
The more I see of men, the more I like dogs.
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