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 Lugosi, Gary 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.
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.
|Filmography as an actress|
|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|
|Black Oxen||Janet Ogelthorpe|
|Poisoned Paradise||Margot LeBlanc|
|Daughters of Pleasure||Lilac Millas|
|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|
|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|
|Shadow of the Law||Mary Brophy|
|Two Can Play||Dorothy Hammis|
|Dancing Mothers||Kittens Westcourt|
|Fascinating Youth||Clara Bow||Cameo|
|The Runaway||Cynthia Meade|
|Kid Boots||Clara McCoy|
|1927||It||Betty Lou Spence|
|Children of Divorce||Kitty Flanders|
|Rough House Rosie||Rosie O'Reilly|
|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|
|Filmography as an actress|
|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|