Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Claire Windsor
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).
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.
On April 12, 1943, Windsor officially changed her name to Claire Windsor, and her son took the name of William Willis Windsor.
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 matinée idol Bert Lytell. The couple divorced in 1927, however.
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.
Intent on further refining her daughters' education and position in society, Rosella and her daughters returned to Seattle in the fall of 1910.
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.
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.
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