Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

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Cooper Square Press, Mar 13, 2000 - Performing Arts - 400 pages
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Hollywood's first sex symbol, the ' It ' girl, Clara Bow was born in the slums of Brooklyn in a family plagued with alcoholism and insanity. She catapulted to fame after winning Motion Picture magazine's 1921 " Fame and Fortune" contest. The greatest box-office draw of her day—she once received 45,000 fan letters in a single month, Clara Bow's on screen vitality and allure that beguiled thousands, however, would be her undoing off-camera. David Stenn captures her legendary rise to stardom and fall from grace, her success marred by studio exploitation and sexual scandals.
 

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

Abused by her parents,used by the studio,mental illness, Clara Bow went against society in her life.The "IT" girl,the flapper, she lives on in her movies.She survived despite the odds against her.A memorable woman and a memorable read.Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

A fascinating but at times difficult to read look at the life and history of a cinema icon as well as the early days of Hollywood. The book was very well written and incredibly detailed, the difficult ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Brooklyn Gothic
3
Hollywood Flapper
33
The It Girl
77
Talkies
153
This Aint No Life
207
MrsBeldam
247
Epilogue
281
Aftermath
284
Filmography
287
Sources
314
Notes
321
Index
359
About the Author
369
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Stenn, a graduate of Yale University, is an award-winning television writer whose work has been seen in such series as Hill Street Blues, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 21 Jump Street and Beverly Hills 90210.

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