Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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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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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
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