Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
47 Reviews
Silent screen sensation Clara Bow (1905-1965), the greatest box-office draw of her day, was the embodiment of the Roaring Twenties, Hollywood's first sex symbol, and a natural talent with an independent spirit. Raised in the slums of Brooklyn by a family plagued with alcoholism and insanity, Clara catapulted to fame after winning Motion Picture magazine's 1921 "Fame and Fortune" contest. Despite her overwhelming popularity - she once received 45,000 fan letters in a single month - the onscreen vitality and allure that beguiled millions would be her undoing off-camera. David Stenn captures the 'It' girl's legendary rise to stardom and fall from grace, her success marred by studio exploitation and sexual scandals.
  

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Well-researched, sympathetic, respectful. - Goodreads
This detailed account is easy to read. - Goodreads
Stenn's writing is clear, moving, and compelling. - Goodreads
Well researched and brilliantly executed. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Isla Grey - Goodreads

Well researched but thought it was tedious reading in some parts. I found myself skipping a few pages here and there but didn't think I missed anything when I did so. You did get a good feel for who the real Clara Bow was and could sympathize with the woman behind the fame. Read full review

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User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

Recommended for anyone who likes the 1920s. I had no idea how shockingly bad Clara Bow's tenement childhood in Brooklyn was, making her ascent to Box Office Blockbuster truly remarkable. However ... 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
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

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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