Clara Bow

Born Jul 29, 1905

Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in the silent film era of the 1920s. It was her appearance as a spunky shopgirl in the film It that brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl". Bow came to personify the roaring twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol. She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits such as Mantrap (1926), It (1927) and Wings (1927).… Read More

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By the time Clara was four and a half, her father was out of work, and between 1905 and 1923, the family lived at 14 different addresses, but seldom outside Prospect Heights, with Clara's father often absent. "I do not think my mother ever loved my father", she said. "He knew it. … Read More
1910 4 Years Old …  Her birth year, according to the US Censuses of 1910 and 1920, was 1905. … Read More


1919 13 Years Old …  In 1919, Bow enrolled in Bay Ridge High School for Girls. "I wore sweaters and old skirts didn't want to be treated like a girl there was one boy who had always been my pal... he kissed me... … Read More
1920 14 Years Old The Bows and Bakers shared a house – still standing – at 33 Prospect Place in 1920. … Read More
Against her mother's wishes but with her father's support, Bow competed in Brewster publications' magazine's annual nationwide acting contest, "Fame and Fortune", in fall 1921. … Read More
1922 16 Years Old However, movie ads and newspaper editorial comments from 1922 to 1923 suggest that Bow was not cut from Beyond the Rainbow. … Read More
On July 21, 1923, she befriended Louella Parsons, who interviewed her for The New York Morning Telegraph. … Read More
During 1924, Bow's "horrid" flapper raced against Moore's "whimsical". … Read More
In 1925, Bow appeared in 14 productions: six for her contract owner, Preferred Pictures, and eight as an "out-loan". … Read More


1926 - 1928 6 More Events
1929 23 Years Old 1 More Event
With "talkies" The Wild Party, Dangerous Curves, and The Saturday Night Kid, all released in 1929, Bow kept her position as the top box-office draw and queen of Hollywood. … Read More
1930 24 Years Old 1 More Event
According to the 1930 census, Bow lived at 512 Bedford Drive, together with her secretary and hairdresser, Daisy DeBoe (later DeVoe), in a house valued $25,000 with neighbors titled "Horse-keeper", "Physician", "Builder". … Read More
1931 25 Years Old 1 More Event
With No Limit and Kick In, Bow held the position as fifth at box-office in 1931, but the pressures of fame, public scandals, overwork, and a damaging court trial charging her secretary Daisy DeVoe with financial mismanagement, took their toll on Bow's fragile emotional health. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old In September 1937, she and Bell opened The 'It' Cafe on Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. … Read More
1944 38 Years Old Bow eventually began showing symptoms of psychiatric illness. She became socially withdrawn, and although she refused to socialize with her husband, she also refused to let him leave the house alone. In 1944, while Bell was running for the U.S. House of Representatives, Bow tried to commit suicide. … Read More


1949 43 Years Old In 1949, she checked in to the Institute of Living to be treated for her chronic insomnia and diffuse abdominal pains. … Read More


1965 59 Years Old She died of a heart attack on September 27, 1965, at the age of 60. … Read More


1965 60 Years Old In September 1965, Bow died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
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