Clara Bow

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

It: Part One 2015 (Movie)

Betty Lou (Actor)

Wings 1927 (Movie)

Mary Preston (Actor)

Black Oxen (Movie)

Janet Ogelthorpe (Actor)

Call Her Savage (Movie)

Nasa "Dynamite" Springer (Actor)

Children of Divorce (Movie)

Kitty Flanders (Actor)

Dancing Mothers (Movie)

Kittens Westcourt (Actor)

Down to the Sea in Ships (Movie)

"Dot" Morgan (Actor)

Her Wedding Night (Movie)

Norma Martin (Actor)

His Woman (Movie)

Aline Sturdevant (Actor)

Hoop-La (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Hula (Movie)

Hula Calhoun (Actor)

Kid Boots (Movie)

Jane Martin (Actor)

Love among the Millionaires (Movie)

Pepper Green (Actor)

Mantrap (Movie)

Alverna (Actor)

No Limit (Movie)

Helen "Bunny" O'Day (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Red Hair (Movie)

"Bubbles" McCoy (Actor)

Rough House Rosie (Movie)

Rosie O'Reilly (Actor)

Shadow of the Law (Movie)

Mary Brophy (Actor)

The Fleet's In (Movie)

Trixie Deane (Actor)

The Plastic Age (Movie)

Cynthia Day (Actor)

The Primrose Path (Movie)

Marilyn Merrill (Actor)

The Saturday Night Kid (Movie)

Mayme (Actor)

Three Week-Ends (Movie)

Gladys OBrien (Actor)

True to the Navy (Movie)

Ruby Nolan (Actor)

Wine (Movie)

Angela Warriner (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

George Bell

Son
born in 1938

Rex Bell Actor

Husband
Married in 1931 lived apart in later years died on July 4, 1962 while campaigning

Rex Bell

Son
born in 1934

Gary Cooper Actor

Companion
had relationship in the late 1920s

Victor Fleming Actor

Companion

Bela Lugosi Actor

Companion

Gilbert Roland

Companion

Milestones

1933

Final film, "Hoopla"

1931

Involved in law suit with secretary, resulting in scandal and termination of her Paramount contract

1929

First talking film, "The Wild Party"

1926

Signed by Paramount

1924

Signed by producer Bud Schulberg

1922

First credited film appearance, "Down to the Sea in Ships"

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

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