Clara Bow epitomized the bobbed-haired, sassy, rouged, bare-kneed flapper, and she symbolized change, progress and liberation. She was the “It” girl. Clara Bow tends to be very good at what she does and others either loved her or hated her for what she stood for. You think of all the higher names and grand actresses in the business but Clara Bow was more popular in terms of box-office dollars, in terms of consistently bringing audiences into the theaters, she was right on top. The Twenties weren't ready for Clara's breed of woman. Even in decadent Hollywood, she was way too hot, way too modern, to handle. She used her personal experiences in life to get her the credit she has today with her films. Clara Bow was the personification of the roaring twenties, known as the "It" girl she was someone women could emulate.
Clara Bow was born July 29, 1905. Clara was very unwanted and unloved. Her mother did not think Clara would be born because the last 2 pervious kids died at birth. Clara Bow was brought up in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York. Forced to quit school at the age of 13 in order to work and help support the family. Clara had a rough childhood. Her father was abusive and her mother was mentally ill with schizophrenia and was committed to a mental institution where she died when Clara was still young. Her childhood was also what made her a good actress. She used her experiences to help her along the way.
Clara got her first start when she entered a beauty contest. She did not mention this to her mother...that saw it all as worse than prostitution. But her father actually encouraged her to do it and even paid for two portraits to be done for her. She was announced winner. Once Clara Bow’s mother found out she threatened Clara. Her mother, Sarah Bow considered actresses, with their flashy dresses and painted faces, about as respectable as prostitutes.
Clara went on to start her career with 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits such...
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