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Clara Bow

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Clara Gordon Bow
Clara Gordon Bow

(1905-07-29)July 29, 1905
DiedSeptember 27, 1965(1965-09-27) (aged 60)
Height5' 3½" (1.61 m)
SpouseRex Bell

Clara Gordon Bow (/ˈb/; July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress. She was born in Brooklyn, New York City. She was one of the most famous movie actresses in the history of silent movies. Bow died September 27, 1965 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 60.

Bow acted in 57 movies between 1922 and 1933. She is considered the first American sex symbol after her work in the 1927 movie It. That movie also created the term "The It Girl" meaning the most popular girl at the moment. Bow was the original It girl. She was the person every movie studio tried to get in their movies. She was the person who the audiences always want to see more of. She was the focus of media attention. She retired at age 28. In 1944 Bow tried to kill herself. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Bow was born in Prospect Heights.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
1922 Beyond the Rainbow Virginia Gardener
Down to the Sea in Ships Dot Morgan
1923 Enemies of Women Girl dancing on table
The Daring Years Mary
Maytime Alice Tremaine
Black Oxen Janet Ogelthorpe
1924 Grit Orchid McGonigle
Poisoned Paradise Margot LeBlanc
Daughters of Pleasure Lila Millas Alternative title: Beggar on Horseback
Wine Angela Warriner
Empty Hearts Rosalie
Helen's Babies Alice Mayton
This Woman Aline Sturdevant
Black Lightning Martha Larned
1925 Capital Punishment Delia Tate
The Adventurous Sex The Girl
Eve's Lover Rena D'Arcy
The Lawful Cheater Molly Burns
The Scarlet West Miriam
My Lady's Lips Lola Lombard
Parisian Love Marie
Kiss Me Again Grizette
The Keeper of the Bees Lolly Cameron
The Primrose Path Marilyn Merrill
Free to Love Marie Anthony
The Best Bad Man Peggy Swain
The Plastic Age Cynthia Day
The Ancient Mariner Doris
My Lady of Whims Prudence Severn
1926 Dance Madness -
Shadow of the Law Mary Brophy
Two Can Play Dorothy Hammis
Dancing Mothers Kittens Westcourt
Fascinating Youth Clara Bow
The Runaway Cynthia Meade
Mantrap Alverna
Kid Boots Clara McCoy
1927 It Betty Lou Spence
Children of Divorce Kitty Flanders
Rough House Rosie Rosie O'Reilly
Wings Mary Preston
Hula Hula Calhoun
Get Your Man Nancy Worthington
1928 Red Hair Bubbles McCoy
Ladies of the Mob Yvonne
The Fleet's In Trixie Deane
Three Weekends Gladys O'Brien
1929 The Wild Party Stella Ames
Dangerous Curves Pat Delaney
The Saturday Night Kid Mayme Alternative title: Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
1930 True to the Navy Ruby Nolan
Love Among the Millionaires Pepper Whipple
Her Wedding Night Norma Martin
1931 No Limit Helen "Bunny" O'Day
Kick In Molly Hewes
1932 Call Her Savage Nasa Springer
1933 Hoop-La Lou
1949 Screen Snapshots 1860: Howdy, Podner Clara Bow - Resort Guest Short subject

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