Clara Bow

Highest Rated: 100% It (1927)
Lowest Rated: 93% Wings (1927)
Birthday: Jul 29, 1905
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Famous as the "It" girl of the Roaring 20s; Clara Bow was the flapper to end all flappers. The daughter of a Coney Island waiter, she spent her youth in poverty. At 16 she won a movie magazine beauty contest; part of the prize was a trip to visit the New York studios and a bit part in a silent, soon leading to other roles mostly in low-budget films. Under contract to producer B.P. Schulberg, she went with Schulberg from New York to Hollywood's Paramount, where the studio's publicity machine helped mold her into a star, particularly after Mantrap (1926), her first smash hit. Soon she became a symbol of the emancipated woman during the flapper age: vibrant, liberated, energetic. Her bobbed hair, bow lips, and sparkling eyes came to represent the era, and her bangled, beaded "look" soon became imitated by women throughout America. After appearing in the film It (1927) she became known as the "It" girl, a woman with "something extra" which set her apart from the common herd. While living the life of the Roaring 20s, however, she became the victim of numerous scandals and quickly fell from grace with the public (which in a 1928 poll had named her America's favorite actress). With the advent of sound, her career ground to a halt. In 1931 she eloped with cowboy star Rex Bell, who eventually became lieutenant governor of Nevada. Bow retired from the screen in 1933.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Why Be Good? Sexuality and Censorship in Early Cinema Actor 2008
No Score Yet Yesterday And Today Actor 1953
No Score Yet Hoopla Lou 1933
No Score Yet Call Her Savage Nasa Springer 1932
No Score Yet The House That Shadows Built Actor 1932
No Score Yet No Limit Helen "Bunny" O'Day 1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930
No Score Yet The Wild Party Stella Ames 1929
No Score Yet Hula Hula Calhoun 1927
93% Wings Mary Preston 1927
100% It Betty Lou Spence 1927
No Score Yet Kid Boots Jane Martin 1926
No Score Yet Dancing Mothers Kittens Westcourt 1926
No Score Yet Mantrap Alverna 1926
No Score Yet Free to Love Marie Anthony 1925
No Score Yet The Plastic Age Cynthia Day 1925
No Score Yet Parisian Love Marie 1925
No Score Yet My Lady of Whims Prudence Severn 1925
No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships 'Dot' Morgan 1923
No Score Yet Poisoned Paradise (Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo) Actor


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