Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday: Clara Bow!

Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965), rose to stardom in the silent film era of the 1920s. Her performance in the film, "It" brought her the nickname "The It Girl." Bow came to personify the roaring twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol. She performed in 46 silent films and 11 talkies. Some of her best known films: Mantrap (1926), It (1927) and Wings (1927). Bow ended her career with the film, Hoop-La (1933), and became a rancher in Nevada. In 1931 she married actor Rex Bell, later politician and Lieutenant Governor, with whom she had two sons.

Please click here to learn more about Clara Bow.

Honors: For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Bow was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1994, she was honored with an image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Fun Facts:
Helen Kane
Max Fleischer's cartoon character Betty Boop was modeled after Bow and entertainer Helen Kane (the "boop-boop-a-doop-girl").



  1. Dawn, even with all the silent erea beauties like Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Dolores del Rio -- I have always considered Clara Bow as the most beautiful -- maybe it's her saucy flapper look that made her the It Girl -- I don't know. I like her best with her very dark hair, a cloche hat -- she's just fabulous!

  2. P.S. Forgot something -- I LOVED the It clips. Oh that gorgeous curly thick, thick hair!

  3. Bless you, Dawn, for honoring gorgeous It Girl, Clara Bow!

  4. Becky, Clara Bow, had such a tuff start in life. I'm so glad that she had such a wonderful acting career. This video is very well done.. If you have the time, it is very much worth watching.

    Thank you LadyEve, I really enjoy learning as much as I can about her.

  5. Dawn, I got to watch the clip you provided but didn't have time for the whole documentary. So I have saved the address for this particular post in my email to myself! I really want to watch it all!


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