Claire Windsor

American actress Claire Windsor

Claire Windsor was a notable American film actress of the silent screen era.
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  • 1972
    Age 79
    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).
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  • 1960
    Age 67
    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.
  • 1943
    Age 50
    On April 12, 1943, Windsor officially changed her name to Claire Windsor, and her son took the name of William Willis Windsor.
  • 1925
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1924
    Age 31
    In 1924, Windsor was one of the top stars at the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.
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  • 1923
    Age 30
    In 1923, the former Ola Cronk officially began using the more matinee-friendly Claire Windsor as a moniker.
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  • 1920
    Age 27
    Claire Windsor's film debut was in the 1920 release of Lois Weber's To Please One Woman which was only a modest success.
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    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.
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  • 1914
    Age 21
    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.
  • 1910
    Age 17
    Intent on further refining her daughters' education and position in society, Rosella and her daughters returned to Seattle in the fall of 1910.
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  • 1906
    Age 13
    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.
  • 1892
    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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