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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Clara rarely spoke of her early years, unwilling to exploit them for publicity (
Marilyn Monroe, on the other hand, often told fictitious tales of childhood traumas
to elicit sympathy). When Clara did discuss her youth, her tone was terse: “I have
“I sat through every one of those tests," recalled Clara later, “watchin' everythin'
that was done, everythin' they was told, every mistake they made.” For a sixteen-
year-old with little education and no acting experience, her verdict was canny: ...
Self-proclaimed Yale alumnus and Savage chum Gus Patterson told a juicier
version. According to Patterson, he and Savage attended a party at Clara's cabin
that evening. Savage remained on the porch while Clara socialized, returning ...
Once Clara was in his car, he told her that instead of returning to Canyon Drive,
he was taking her to obtain a marriage license. “He said, 'I'm gonna marry ya. In a
few hours you'll be Mrs. Robert Savage, or I'm gonna waste my life away in ...
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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