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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What Sarah did not realize and what her daughter could not verbalize was that
unlike her mother, Clara did not seek independence. What she needed was more
basic, and after she sensed that her parents would not provide it, she assumed a
So far Sarah Bow's violent opposition to her daughter's career had been limited
to verbal threats, but after Clara finished work on Beyond the Rainbow, Sarah
turned her words into deeds. Awaking one night from a sound sleep, Clara was ...
Claiming financial dependence on his daughter, Robert was nonetheless
ordered to pay $15 a month in alimony. Ella Bow's own mother, a “Mrs. Dick,”
testified that her daughter was a “wild harum-scarum child,” while the presiding
Ethel Westcourt (AliceJoyce), a still-beautiful society matron, languishes at home
while her philandering husband Hugh and flapper daughter Kittens frequent
nightclubs and speakeasies. Both regard Ethel as a moral fossil until she follows
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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