Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild
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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Bachman appointed Maxine Alton, a beautiful blonde with minimal experience,
as Clara's agent. Alton's sole responsibility was to accompany the seventeen-
year-old minor to California. Since Robert Bow could not afford trainfare, father
“Clara's first trip to the dining car was an experience I shall never forget,”
continued Alton. “She could read, but the menu was Abyssinian to her.” Clara
solved the problem by ordering one of everything, and during a stopover in
Chicago she ...
Preferred Pictures studio, where Clara's bedraggled appearance made Alton's
point more eloquently than words. Schulberg studied his new contractee silently,
then turned to Alton. “Is this a joke?” he demanded. At the time he posed the ...
Clara felt she had found a friend, protector, and surrogate mother in Maxine Alton
. No one had ever lavished as much attention and encouragement upon her, and
Clara idolized the sophisticated agent and relied on her for professional and ...
For several months Clara had begged Maxine Alton to send for her father, but the
agent always disSuaded her, warning that Robert Bow's interference “would
make the bosses sore'.” Alton also undermined her client's confidence: “She kept
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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