|Clara Bow Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3½ in|
|Date of Birth||July 29, 1905|
|Date of Death||September 27, 1965|
Clara Bow was an American actor who became one of the prominent figures of the silent film era of the 1920s and her performance in the film It brought her worldwide acclaim as well as the nickname “The It Girl”. She later successfully made the transition to “talkies” in 1929. Bow appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including It, Mantrap, Dancing Mothers, The Primrose Path, The Saturday Night Kid, Love Among the Millionaires, The Keeper of the Bees, Dangerous Curves, Her Wedding Night, True to the Navy, Call Her Savage, Kiss Me Again, Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo, and Hoop-La (her final film).
Clara Gordon Bow
The ‘It’ Girl, The Brooklyn Bonfire
She was born on July 29, 1905.
On September 27, 1965, she died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in Culver City, California, United States.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Clara Bow attended P.S. 111, P.S. 9, and P.S. 98. She also studied at Bay Ridge High School for Girls.
- Father – Robert Walter Bow (1874-1959)
- Mother – Sarah Frances Bow (née Gordon) (1880-1923)
- Siblings – Clara had 2 older sisters who died in infancy.
Clara Bow was managed by B.P. Schulberg.
5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Clara Bow had dated –
- Leland Hayward
- Ben Lyon
- John Gilbert
- John Wayne
- Fred Marsh – RUMOR
- Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
- Arthur Jacobson (1923-1924) – She reportedly met her first boyfriend, a cameraperson named Arthur Jacobson, in 1923. They parted ways the following year.
- B.P. Schulberg (1923-1924)
- Donald Keith (1924) – It was RUMORed that she had an affair with actor Donald Keith in 1924. The duo worked together in the 1925 black-and-white silent film The Plastic Age.
- Gilbert Roland (1925-1926) – She was romantically involved with her co-star Gilbert Roland between 1925 and 1926 and they even got engaged before breaking up.
- Victor Fleming (1926) – She dated director Victor Fleming in 1926 and he once compared her to a Stradivarius violin, stating: “Touch her, and she responded with genius.”
- Eddie Cantor (1926) – She allegedly had a fling with actor Eddie Cantor in 1926 and they worked together in the film version of the musical Kid Boots.
- Gary Cooper (1926-1928)
- Richard Arlen (1927-1928) – She was linked with actor Richard Arlen between 1927 and 1928. He was one of her pallbearers.
- Bela Lugosi (1928)
- William earl Pearson (1929-1931)
- Harry Richman (1930-1931) – She was romantically linked with singer and actor Harry Richman between 1930 and 1931. He served as one of her pallbearers.
- Abel Baer (1930)
- Rex Bell (1931-1962) – In 1931, she married actor and politician Rex Bell. She retired from acting 2 years after their wedding and became a rancher in Nevada. They had 2 sons – Tony Beldam (changed name to Rex Anthony Bell, Jr.) (1934 – July 8, 2011) and George Beldam, Jr. (b. 1938). They remained married until his death in 1962. Both Bell and Clara died of a heart attack.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.
Applied her red lipstick in the shape of a heart
Clara Bow Facts
- When she was young, one of her close friends burned to death in her arms as she tried to stop the fire.
- According to her biographer David Stenn, Clara Bow was raped by her father when she was 16.
- In 1960, she was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Bow was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Featured Image by D.D.Teoli Jr. / archive.org / Public Domain