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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A 1924 affair with Norma Shearer publicized his sexual prowess, but by the time
he made Mantrap and met Clara, Fleming was more concerned with his career
than his cocksmanship, and though his sensitivity rarely surfaced in person, ...
To her astonishment, he blocks it: “I'll never kiss you,” Ralph pledges, then leaves
Mantrap. Alvema follows, promising to behave and proving her mettle after their
Indian guide absconds with their food and canoe. Impressed by her grit, Ralph ...
With advance word on Mantrap building, Schulberg suggested that Paramount
executives trick Clara into signing an extension of . her Preferred contract without
renegotiating its terms. This way' her Paramount salary would remain as it was at
Henry After Mantrap finished shooting, Clara rented actress Bessie Love's log
cabin at 261 West Canyon Drive, resumed her relationship with Gilbert Roland,
continued her affair with Victor Fleming, and met Tui Lorraine, her first close
While Kid Boots was still shooting, Mantrap opened. Clara's first starring role at
Paramount was her first smash hit, and Variety's exclamatory review gave her
sole credit for it: Clara Bow! And how! What a “mantrap” she is! And how this
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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