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Also Known As: Clara Gordon Bow Died: September 26, 1965
Born: July 29, 1905 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Hollywood's original "It" Girl and the first true sex symbol of the silver screen, silent-era actress Clara Bow enjoyed unprecedented stardom, even as she endured an exhausting work schedule and escalating emotional problems. Emerging from the tenements of Brooklyn in the early 1920s, Bow was signed by independent movie producer B. P. Schulberg and placed in projects like "Black Oxen" (1923) and "Wine" (1924), films that established the free-spirited actress as Hollywood's "perfect flapper." Efforts like "The Plastic Age" (1925), "Mantrap" (1926), "Wings" (1927) and the career-defining "It" (1927) transformed Bow not only into the biggest movie star of her age, but a bona fide screen legend as well. Off the set, her freewheeling, non-conformist lifestyle - which included several affairs with various leading men and industry power players - brought Bow much unwanted scrutiny from the tabloid media. Even more problematic was her unstable mental health, long untreated and further exacerbated by the demands of near constant film work. Unlike many of her fellow silent film stars, the advent of the "talkie" failed to knock Bow off her throne as the reigning movie queen, and sound pictures like "The Wild...

Hollywood's original "It" Girl and the first true sex symbol of the silver screen, silent-era actress Clara Bow enjoyed unprecedented stardom, even as she endured an exhausting work schedule and escalating emotional problems. Emerging from the tenements of Brooklyn in the early 1920s, Bow was signed by independent movie producer B. P. Schulberg and placed in projects like "Black Oxen" (1923) and "Wine" (1924), films that established the free-spirited actress as Hollywood's "perfect flapper." Efforts like "The Plastic Age" (1925), "Mantrap" (1926), "Wings" (1927) and the career-defining "It" (1927) transformed Bow not only into the biggest movie star of her age, but a bona fide screen legend as well. Off the set, her freewheeling, non-conformist lifestyle - which included several affairs with various leading men and industry power players - brought Bow much unwanted scrutiny from the tabloid media. Even more problematic was her unstable mental health, long untreated and further exacerbated by the demands of near constant film work. Unlike many of her fellow silent film stars, the advent of the "talkie" failed to knock Bow off her throne as the reigning movie queen, and sound pictures like "The Wild Party" (1929) and "True to the Navy" (1930) continued to attract audiences in droves. When at last the pressures of stardom and her tenuous mental state led to a breakdown, Bow chose to leave film forever in 1933. Though nearly forgotten, Bow's legacy was kept alive through film restoration efforts and her influence clearly evident in the style choices of many top contemporary female entertainers decades after her departure from the screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hoop-la (1933) Lou
2.
 Call Her Savage (1932) Nasa Springer
3.
 No Limit (1931) [Helen] Bunny [O'Day]
4.
 Kick In (1931) Molly Hewes
5.
 Her Wedding Night (1930) Norma Martin
6.
 True to the Navy (1930) Ruby Nolan
7.
8.
9.
 Love Among the Millionaires (1930) Pepper Whipple
10.
 Dangerous Curves (1929) Pat Delaney
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1922:
Won fan magazine contest and made screen debut in "Beyond the Rainbow"; scenes cut from original version, restored for later release after Bow was a star
1922:
First credited film appearance, "Down to the Sea in Ships"
1924:
Signed by producer Bud Schulberg
1926:
Signed by Paramount
1929:
First talking film, "The Wild Party"
1931:
Involved in law suit with secretary, resulting in scandal and termination of her Paramount contract
1933:
Final film, "Hoopla"
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companion:
Gilbert Roland. Actor.
companion:
Victor Fleming. Director.
companion:
Gary Cooper. Actor. Had relationship in the late 1920s.
companion:
Bela Lugosi. Actor.
husband:
Rex Bell. Actor, politician. Married in 1931; separated in the late 1930s; died on July 4, 1962 while campaigning.
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son:
Rex Anthony Bell. Born in 1934.
son:
George Robert Bell. Born in 1938.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Clara Bow -- Runnin' Wild" Doubleday

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