Clara Bow

Actress Clara Bow

Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s. While she claimed to have been 16 years old (and born in 1905) when she won the personality contest which started her career, she was actually only 14 at the time (born in 1907, a fact reflected on her grave marker).
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Birthday
29 July 1905
Death Place
Culver City

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Clara Bow's former home in Bel-Air is sold - Los Angeles Times
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The former home of silent film star Clara Bow has come on the market in Bel-Air. (Eric Vidar) Update: A former home of silent film star Clara Bow has sold for $6375000. The Spanish-style house in Bel-Air came on the market in early July at $6995000
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Real Estate Writer Spotlights Home of DGA Trailblazer - mediabistro.com
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Arzner relocated to New York in the early 1940s, but until then, she overlooked a city where her on-set collaborators included everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Clara Bow. The home is remarkable in Tinseltown history terms for another reason: Arzner
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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Russell Armstrong funeral arrangements - Examiner.com
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Notable burials at the world-famous Forest Lawn include actor George Burns; L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; WC Fields; actress Clara Bow; singer Sam Cooke; Nat King Cole; Sammy Davis Jr.; Walt Disney; Sam Goldwyn; Mary Pickford;
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w magazine september 2011 - BellaSugar Australia
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Shot by Steven Klein for "One For the Ages," Amber transitions from a young woman with flapper curls and Clara Bow-esque brows in the 1920s right through to modern day times with some eerily realistic makeup and prosthetic work to age Amber. Thoughts?
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The Week's Boxing Schedule, Featuring Demetrius Andrade, Alfredo Angulo And ... - The Queensberry Rules
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Keeping with the recent run of photos of lovely women in boxing gear, there's silent film star Clara Bow. Trust me, for that era, that picture's nearly as scandalous as the one in the blog entry below this one. I mean, just LOOK at all that ankle!
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Virgil Stanfield: Theaters had grace, style in the old days - Mansfield News Journal
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There might be a few Mansfielders who remember that big night in January, 1928, when the Ohio Theater was opened with a Clara Bow movie, three acts of vaudeville, an organ concert and music by the 12-piece house band. The 1920s decade marked the high
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Two 'It Girls' coming to television this fall - Tbo.com
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NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt introduced Whitney Cummings to TV critics Monday, calling her the "It Girl" circa 2011, a term that dates to the 1920s, when actress Clara Bow was billed as having "it' — an indefinable instant appeal
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UCLA highlights Jean Harlow's too brief film career - Los Angeles Times
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... a splendid satire of Hollywood moviemaking in general and protagonist Lola Burns' sex symbol persona in particular. Costarring with fast-talking Lee Tracy, Harlow was never funnier spoofing herself and Clara Bow, the original "It" girl
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THE WEEK AHEAD; July 31 -- Aug. 6
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Dance Jack Anderson Summer dance often involves agile limbs that appear to beat the heat. But the best such events combine bodily buoyancy with mental ingenuity. Two groups at the JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL surely will do that. The title of ''3e Étage: Soloists and Dancers From the Paris Opera Ballet'' may mean more to Parisians than to
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The Listings
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Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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Rex Bell Jr., former Clark County DA, dies at 76 - Sacramento Bee
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His parents were one-time lieutenant governor and cowboy actor Rex Bell Sr. and silent film legend Clara Bow. He grew up on his parents' Walking Box ranch some 65 miles south of Las Vegas. While Bell took roles in two Westerns after college,
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Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London - The Independent
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The fashion then was for snub noses and boyish haircuts, as we see on Lillian Gish and Clara Bow. Or flapper pearls and severe bobs, as in a noirish silhouette of Louise Brooks, taken by Eugene Robert Richee. Who? Nor me. But part of the show's point
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Second oldest in California turns 111 - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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Maas' first big success as a screenwriter was The Plastic Age (1925), a smash hit starring Clara Bow, the "It girl." Maas' screenwriting and story efforts - sometimes credited, sometimes not - include other Bow films, a couple of films featuring her
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La Mesa woman turning 111 - SignOnSanDiego.com
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Her work included “The Plastic Age” (1925) and “Dance Madness” (1926), both starring Clara Bow, and “Flesh and the Devil,” a 1926 drama with John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. In 1947, she wrote her last story for film, “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim,” which
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ENVI Blogger Love: PINK CHAMPAGNE - StyleBistro
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I actually found a pair at a yard sale for $1, but they were 2 sizes too small so I ended up giving them to my younger sister. I greatly admire people who are creative and aren't afraid to be different. Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow, Edie Sedgwick,
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May Include Excessive Applause - New York Press
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Having paused during my enjoyment of Michael Weller's 90-minute one-act on more than one occasion to ponder how familiar the playwright is with the story of Clara Bow, I was forced to reluctantly agree. A barely-sequel to Weller's 2008 Fifty Words,
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Classic Hollywood: Notable films that aren't on DVD - Los Angeles Times
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Sexy vamp Clara Bow is the girl next door who joins the war effort in Europe as an ambulance driver. But the film really soars in the incredible aerial battle sequences — no computer images here. Director William Wellman brought a lot of authenticity
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clara Bow
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 59
    In September 1965, Bow died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 59
    She died of a heart attack on September 27, 1965, at the age of 60.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1949
    Age 43
    In 1949, she checked in to the Institute of Living to be treated for her chronic insomnia and diffuse abdominal pains.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1937
    Age 31
    In September 1937, she and Bell opened The 'It' Cafe on Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 27
    Bow retired from acting in 1933.
  • 1932
    Age 26
    On April 28, 1932, Bow signed a two-picture deal with Fox Film Corporation, for Call Her Savage (1932) and Hoop-La (1933).
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  • 1931
    Age 25
    During her lifetime, Bow was the subject of wild rumors regarding her sex life; most of them were untrue. A tabloid called The Coast Reporter published lurid allegations about her in 1931, accusing her of exhibitionism, incest, lesbianism, bestiality, drug addiction, alcoholism, and having contracted a venereal disease.
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    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.
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  • 1930
    Age 24
    With Paramount on Parade, True to the Navy, Love Among the Millionaires, and Her Wedding Night, Bow was second at the box-office only to Joan Crawford in 1930.
    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".
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  • 1929
    Age 23
    In October 1929, Bow described her nerves as "all shot", saying that she had reached "the breaking point", and Photoplay cited reports of "rows of bottles of sedatives" by her bed.
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 22
    In 1928, Bow appeared in four Paramount releases: Red Hair, Ladies of the Mob, The Fleet's In, and Three Weekends, all of which are lost.
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    She was named first box-office draw in 1928 and 1929 and second box-office draw in 1927 and 1930.
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  • 1927
    Age 21
    In 1927, Bow starred in Wings, a war picture rewritten to accommodate her, as she was Paramount's biggest star, but was not happy about her part: "(Wings is)..
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    In 1927, Bow appeared in six Paramount releases: It, Children of Divorce, Rough House Rosie, Wings, Hula and Get Your Man.
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  • 1926
    Age 20
    On August 16, 1926, Bow's agreement with Paramount was renewed into a five-year deal: "Her salary will start at $1700 a week and advance yearly to $4000 a week for the last year."
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    On April 12, 1926, Bow signed her first contract with Paramount: " to retain your services as an actress for the period of six months from June 6th, 1926 to December 6th, 1926, at a salary of $750.00 per week ".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1925
    Age 19
    In late 1925, Bow returned to New York to co-star in the Ibsenesque drama Dancing Mothers, as the good/bad "flapperish" upper-class daughter Kittens.
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    Bow began to date her co-star Gilbert Roland, who became her first fiancé. In June 1925, Bow was credited for being the first to wear hand-painted legs in public, and was reported to have many followers at the Californian beaches.
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    In 1925, Bow appeared in 14 productions: six for her contract owner, Preferred Pictures, and eight as an "out-loan".
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  • 1924
    Age 18
    Loaned out to Universal, Bow top-starred, for the first time, in the prohibition, bootleg drama/comedy Wine, released on August 20, 1924.
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    Bow appeared in eight releases in 1924.
    On September 7, 1924, The Los Angeles Times, in a significant article "A dangerous little devil is Clara, impish, appealing, but oh, how she can act!", her father is titled "business manager" and Jacobson referred to as her brother.
    By New Year 1924, Bow defied the possessive Maxine Alton and brought her father to Hollywood.
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    During 1924, Bow's "horrid" flapper raced against Moore's "whimsical".
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  • 1923
    Age 17
    By mid-December 1923, primarily due to her merits in Down to the Sea in Ships, Bow was chosen the most successful of the 1924 WAMPAS Baby Stars.
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    Colleen Moore made her flapper debut in a successful adaptation of the daring novel Flaming Youth, released November 12, 1923, six weeks before Black Oxen.
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    Maytime was Bow's first Hollywood picture, an adaptation of the popular operetta Maytime in which she essayed "Alice Tremaine". Before Maytime was finished, Schulberg announced that Bow was given the lead in the studio's biggest seasonal assessment, Poisoned Paradise, but first she was lent to First National Pictures to co-star in the adaptation of Gertrude Atherton's 1923 best seller Black Oxen, shot in October, and to co-star with Colleen Moore in Painted People, shot in November.
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    On July 22, 1923, Bow left New York, her father, and her boyfriend behind for Hollywood.
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    On July 21, 1923, she befriended Louella Parsons, who interviewed her for The New York Morning Telegraph.
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  • 1922
    Age 16
    However, movie ads and newspaper editorial comments from 1922 to 1923 suggest that Bow was not cut from Beyond the Rainbow.
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  • 1921
    Age 15
    Bow, who dropped out of school (senior year) after she was notified about winning the contest, possibly in October 1921, got an ordinary office job.
    Bow won an evening gown and a silver trophy, and the publisher committed to help her "gain a role in films", but nothing happened. Bow's father told her to "haunt" Brewster's office (located in Brooklyn) until they came up with something. "To get rid of me, or maybe they really meant to (give me) all the time and were just busy", Bow was introduced to director Christy Cabanne, who cast her in Beyond the Rainbow, produced late 1921 in New York City and released February 19, 1922.
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    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.
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  • 1920
    Age 14
    The Bows and Bakers shared a house – still standing – at 33 Prospect Place in 1920.
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  • 1919
    Age 13
    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...
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Age 4
    Her birth year, according to the US Censuses of 1910 and 1920, was 1905.
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  • 1905
    Born
    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.
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