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Clara Bow Biography

Birth Name:
Clara Gordon Bow
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in poverty
  • As a teenager, she won a beauty contest run by Motion Picture magazine, and her prize was an appearance in the silent film Beyond the Rainbow (1922)
  • Made 15 movies in 1925 alone
  • Became known as the "It Girl" after appearing in the film It (1927)
  • Personified the popular flapper image of the 1920s
  • The advent of sound in films contributed to the decline of her career
  • Retired from acting in 1933