Claire Windsor

Claire Windsor

Born Apr 14, 1892

Claire Windsor was a notable American film actress of the silent screen era.

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1892 Birth Windsor was born Clara Viola Cronk (nicknamed "Ola") in 1892 to George Edwin and Rosella Fearing Cronk in Marvin, Phillips County, Kansas of Scandinavian heritage. … Read More


1906 14 Years Old She attended Washburn Preparatory Academy in Topeka, Kansas from 1906 to 1907 (15)and after a year at Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington, returned as a "special" student in the Fine Arts Department at Washburn College.
1910 18 Years Old Intent on further refining her daughters' education and position in society, Rosella and her daughters returned to Seattle in the fall of 1910. … Read More


1914 22 Years Old Soon a June wedding was planned, but en route back to Kansas, Ola secretly married Mr. Bowes on May 13, 1914 in Denver, Colorado. The union resulted in the birth of a son, David Willis Bowes Jr., on September 9, 1916, but the couple soon went their separate ways.
1920 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowes officially filed for divorce on September 14, 1920.(13)(14) Claire moved to California to be reunited with her parents who had recently retired. … Read More


1923 31 Years Old In 1923, the former Ola Cronk officially began using the more matinee-friendly Claire Windsor as a moniker. … Read More
1924 32 Years Old In 1924, Windsor was one of the top stars at the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. … Read More
1925 33 Years Old Windsor was frequently romantically linked to her leading male co-stars. She had a well-publicized affair with actor Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and in 1925 married matinĂ©e idol Bert Lytell. The couple divorced in 1927, however. … Read More


1943 51 Years Old On April 12, 1943, Windsor officially changed her name to Claire Windsor, and her son took the name of William Willis Windsor.


1960 68 Years Old For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Claire Windsor was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
1972 81 Years Old Claire Windsor died of a heart attack on October 24, 1972 at the age of 80 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. (Windsor's age at death is reported as 74 in Sidney D. Kirkpatrick's 1986 book Cast of Killers). … Read More
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