Clara Gordon Bow (Brooklyn1905 - July 29, Los Angeles27 september 1965) was an American actress and sex symbol.


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Clara Bow was born in Brooklyn and was the only surviving child of a dysfunctional family with mental illnesses and physical and mental abuse. Her mother had previously given birth to two children who died at birth. She hoped that this would happen even with Clara.

She was a real ' boys girl ' and played on the street only with boys. Her best boyfriend Johnny burned alive in her presence, when she was only 10 years old. If they ever had to cry in movies, she thought to Johnny.

Clara's mother Sarah Gordon was a prostitute who suffered from epilepsy. Sarah Gordon often had public affairs with firemen. Bows father was almost never home. And if he was home, he usually hit his wife and daughter. He also raped Clara when she was 15 years old.

Clara quit school when she was just 7 years old and wanted a career in the film industry. She won the Fame and Fortune contest in 1921 and her prize was a role in the film Beyond the Rainbow (1922). However, her scenes were deleted from the film. Were to see them again when the film was restored.

Clara's parents encouraged her career not, especially not her mother. She found that acting was for prostitutes and wanted to kill when she still wanted to be actress Clara. Clara was on a night and saw her mother her back curved with a knife in her hand. Clara shut himself up in a wardrobe and remained there until her grandmother got home. Because of this incident, she had the rest of her life suffering from memory loss.

Clara got Beyond the Rainbow after a supporting role in Down to the Sea in Ships. Then, she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1924. They played mostly small roles in movies and felt guilty by her mother's disapproval. When she heard that her mother had died 1923 , she gave her acting career the debt.

Clara was discovered by a man who offered her a screen test in Hollywood . One aanvankerlijk saw no talent in her, but thought after this test here otherwise. One of Clara's many talents was that they could cry on command.

Despite her small roles in movies, was Clara always the highlight of the film. Yet it seemed they never get leading roles. She stood there known to always be polite on the set. When they had enough money, she paid her father also the move to Hollywood. He appeared, however, always drunk on her sets and flirted with young girls.

In 1925 , the film was released The Plastic Age . The film was one of the biggest successes that the studio where she worked had ever known and Clara was a big star. They also became engaged with her colleague Gilbert Roland. The engagement lasted not long.

Then to see was Clara in Mantrap. The film was directed by Victor Fleming, who was also in love with Clara, despite the fact that he was twice as old as she. She had an affair with him when they were still betrothed to Roland.

In 1927 was her best-known movie ever released; It. By this film, she was a real sex symbol. They then got Affairs with many men, including Béla LugosiGary Cooper, Gilbert Roland, John Wayne, Victor Fleming andJohn Gilbert.

Soon her affairs, her addiction to alcohol and drugs and her mental instability is a major problem for her studio. Although many thought that her cheap appearance was a shame, she was still praised for her polite and cheerful personality and enthusiasm.

Her next film, Wings, got the world's first Academy Award for best picture. Clara's popularity sank below. When the sound film popped up, were fans disappointed about her accent.

After being in 1932 with Rex Bell married, withdrew to be with him to found a family. The couple had two sons; Tony Beldon (1934, changed his name later in Rex Anthony Bell, Jr.) and George Beldon, Jr. (1938). In1949 it became clear that Clara was schizophrenic . Her husband later sent her to a psychiatric facility. Clara Bow died in 1965 of a heart attack.


Silent films[Edit]Edit

Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Note
1922 Beyond the Rainbow Virginia Gardener
Down to the Sea in Ships ' Dot ' Morgan
1923 Enemies of Women Dancing girl on table
The Daring Years Mary
Maytime Alice Tremaine
Black Oxen Janet Ogelthorpe
1924 Grit Orchid McGonigle
Poisoned Paradise Margot LeBlanc
Daughters of Pleasure Lilac Millas
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 Lollipop 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 - Cameo
Shadow of the Law Mary Brophy
Two Can Play Dorothy Hammis
Dancing Mothers Kittens Westcourt
Fascinating Youth Clara Bow Cameo
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

Sound films[Edit]Edit

Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Note
1929 The Wild Party Stella Ames
Dangerous Curves Pat Delaney
The Saturday Night Kid Mayme Barry
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 Hope-La Lou

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