Clara Bow (I) (1905–1965)


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Clara Gordon Bow, destined to become "The It Girl", was born on July 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in poverty and violence. Her often absentee and brutish father could not or did not provide and her schizophrenic mother tried to slit Clara's throat when the girl spoke of becoming an actress. Bow, nonetheless, won a photo beauty ... See full bio »

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Wings Mary Preston
(1927)
It Betty Lou
(1927)
The Wild Party Stella Ames
(1929)
Call Her Savage Nasa Springer
(1932)

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

Wrote foreword to an adaptation of her film The Fleet's In (1928), novelized by Russell Holman, Grosset & Dunlap, NY.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 35 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Personal Quote:

Wally Reid was my first sweetheart, though I never saw him except on the screen. He was Sir Galahad in all his glory. I worshiped Mary Pickford. How kind and gentle and loving she was. Maybe there were people like that in the world. See more »

Trivia:

She worked at a hot dog stand on Coney Island as a teenager, run by a man named Nathan Handwerker, who later founded Nathan's Franks. However, contrary to legend, she was not discovered there. See more »

Nickname:

The "It" Girl

Star Sign:

Leo

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