Clara Bow

Clara Bow
1905 - 1965
Clara Bow  American Actress

Clara Bow dating history


Clara Bow was previously married to Rex Bell (1931 - 1962).

Clara Bow was engaged to Victor Fleming (1926).

Clara Bow was in relationships with Abel Baer (1930), Harry Richman (1930 - 1931), William earl Pearson (1929 - 1931), Bela Lugosi (1928), Richard Arlen (1927 - 1928), Gary Cooper (1926 - 1928), Eddie Cantor (1926), Gilbert Roland (1925 - 1926), B.P. Schulberg (1923 - 1924), Arthur Jacobson (1923 - 1924), John Gilbert and Leland Hayward.

Clara Bow had encounters with John Wayne, Ben Lyon and Douglas Fairbanks.

Clara Bow is rumoured to have hooked up with Donald Keith (1924 - 1925) and Fred Marsh.


American Actress Clara Bow was born Clara Gordon Bow on 29th July, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York.USA and passed away on 27th Sep 1965 West Los Angeles, California USA aged 60. She is most remembered for WAMPAS Baby Star of 1924, It (1927). Her zodiac sign is Leo.

Clara Bow was in 2 on-screen matchups, including Antonio Moreno in It (1927) and Fredric March in The Wild Party (1929).

Clara Bow is a member of the following lists: American film actors, People from Brooklyn and American silent film actors.


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Relationship Statistics

Married1 32 years, 6 months - -
Engaged1 - - -
Dating12 2 years 8 months, 23 days 1 month, 29 days
Encounter3 - - -
Rumoured2 1 year 6 months, 3 days -
Total19 32 years, 6 months 2 years, 2 months 1 month, 29 days


First Name Clara
Middle Name Gordan
Last Name Bow
Full Name at Birth Clara Gordon Bow
Alternative Name The `It` Girl, The Brooklyn Bonfire, Clara Gordon Bow, Clara Bow
Birthday 29th July, 1905
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York.USA
Died 27th September, 1965
Place of Death West Los Angeles, California USA
Cause of Death Heart Attack
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Height 5' 3" (160 cm)
Weight 112lbs (51 kg)
Build Slim
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Dyed Red
Distinctive Feature Red Hair, Alluring eyes
Zodiac Sign Leo
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Bay Ridge High School for girls
Occupation Text Actress, writer
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame WAMPAS Baby Star of 1924, It (1927)
Year(s) Active 1921–1933
Bust (inches) 33
Waist (inches) 24
Hips (inches) 36
Official Websites,,,,
Father Robert Bow
Mother Sarah Gordon
Friend John Gilbert, Edith Head, Elinor Glyn, Daisy De Voe, Lina Basquette
Pets Airdale Terrier (Dog), Duke (Great Dane - Dog ca.1930), Diablo (Cocker Spaniel - Dog, 1931-1941))

Clara Gordon Bow (; July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to "talkies" in 1929. Her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl". Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol.

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Clara Bow60 LeoActress
Abel Baer-
Harry Richman77 LeoSinger
Rex Bell58 LibraActor
William earl Pearson-Doctor
Bela Lugosi73 LibraActor
Richard Arlen76 VirgoActor
Gary Cooper60 TaurusActor
Eddie Cantor72 AquariusActor
Victor Fleming59 PiscesDirector
Gilbert Roland88 SagittariusActor
Donald Keith65 VirgoActor
Arthur Jacobson-
B.P. Schulberg65 CapricornBusiness
Fred Marsh98 AquariusActor
John Wayne72 GeminiActor
John Gilbert38 CancerActor
Ben Lyon78 AquariusActor
Leland Hayward68 VirgoFilm/TV Producer
Douglas Fairbanks56 GeminiActor
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NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
Rex AnthonyMale6th December, 193489 years oldRex Bell
George RobertMale193886 years oldRex Bell


Screen Snapshots 1860: Howdy, Podner1949Clara BowShort Film
Hollywood on Parade1934Short Film
Call Her Savage1932Nasa SpringerMovie
Kick In1931Molly HewesMovie
No Limit1931Helen 'Bunny' O'DayMovie
Paramount on Parade1930Episode 'True to the Navy'Movie
Her Wedding Night1930Norma MartinMovie
Love Among the Millionaires1930Pepper WhippleMovie
True to the Navy1930Ruby NolanMovie
The Saturday Night Kid1929Mayme BarryMovie
The Wild Party1929Stella AmesMovie
Dangerous Curves1929Pat DelaneyMovie
Ladies of the Mob1928YvonneMovie
Red Hair1928Bubbles McCoyMovie
The Fleet's In1928Trixie DeaneMovie
Three Week Ends1928Gladys O'BrienMovie
It1927Betty LouMovie
Wings1927Mary PrestonMovie
Children of Divorce1927Kitty FlandersMovie
Get Your Man1927Nancy WorthingtonMovie
Hula1927Hula CalhounMovie
Rough House Rosie1927Rosie O'ReillyMovie
Dancing Mothers1926Kittens WestcourtMovie
Kid Boots1926Clara McCoyMovie
The Runaway1926Cynthia MeadeMovie
Shadow of the Law1926Mary BrophyMovie
Two Can Play1926Dorothy HammisMovie
Fascinating Youth1926Clara BowMovie
The Plastic Age1925Cynthia DayMovie
Capital Punishment1925Delia TateMovie
Free to Love1925Marie AnthonyMovie
Kiss Me Again1925GrizetteMovie
My Lady of Whims1925Prudence SevernMovie
My Lady's Lips1925Lola LombardMovie
Parisian Love1925MarieMovie
The Adventurous Sex1925The Girl - Patricia WebsterMovie
The Scarlet West1925MiriamMovie
The Ancient Mariner1925DorisMovie
The Best Bad Man1925Peggy SwainMovie
Eve's Lover1925Rena D'ArcyMovie
The Keeper of the Bees1925Lolly CameronMovie
The Lawful Cheater1925Molly BurnsMovie
The Primrose Path1925Marilyn MerrillMovie
Grit1924Orchid McGonigleMovie
Helen's Babies1924Alice MaytonMovie
Poisoned Paradise1924Margot LeBlancMovie
This Woman1924Aline SturdevantMovie
Wine1924Angela WarrinerMovie
Empty Hearts1924RosalieMovie
Black Lightning1924Martha LarnedMovie
Daughters of Pleasure1924Lila MillasMovie
Black Oxen1923Janet OgelthorpeMovie
Enemies of Women1923Girl Dancing on Table (uncredited)Movie
The Daring Years1923MaryMovie
Maytime1923Alice TremaineMovie
The Pill Pounder1923Movie
Down to the Sea in Ships1922'Dot' MorganMovie
Beyond the Rainbow1922Virginia GardenerMovie
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bettyfanukbettyfanukMay 29, 2019

Such a shame Clara didn't make more talkies, every one was great and captured her talent really well. I suppose Clara had to put Clara and her family first, after all she had been through some rough and unfair treatment in the media.'Call her savage' is brutal griity drama at its best.

DarkMarcDarkMarcAug 21, 2018

In the early 1920s a new vogue swept across the country: bobbed hair, low heels, coche hats, short sleek hair, and shorter than average shapeless shift dresses, women wore make up and applied it in public, smoked cigarettes in public, and epitomized the spirit of reckless youth who danced the night away during the Jazz Age. The term flapper originated in Great Britain, where there was a short fad among young women to wear rubber galoshes (an overshoe worn in the rain or snow) left open to flap when they walked. The name stuck, and throughout the United States and Europe flapper was the name given to liberated young women. In the 1920s a few actresses became associated with the term but the two actresses that became well known as Flappers were Colleen Moore and a little later Clara Bow. In 1923 Colleen Moore appeared in Flaming Youth, and she more than anyone became its prototype. The popularity of her flaming youth character inspired another film almost immediately, The Perfect Flapper (1924, First National), and Moore went on to become a huge star. She is the person to whom the title belongs, as she was indeed "the perfect Flapper." However, Clara Bow, who started in films after Moore, and who owns her own title (the "It" Girl), was also labeled as a flapper over and over again in reviews of the day. Because only about fifteen of her films still exist to be screened, Moore is almost completely unknown today. Bow is better known, if only as a kind of "Jazz Baby." But both actresses were once household names. As the flapper grew in popularity it was film that made her into an icon and in film they told American audiences who the flapper was, what she wore, how she behaved, and why she was different from other female film types. The flapper wasn't a siren, or a vamp or a femme fatale. She wasn't an innocent, maybe a little tomboy around the edges. There was a new freedom for women - staying out late at night, driving fast cars, drinking from a whiskey flask, and of course the big one, the freedom to have sex. Thus, the flapper acted out of the change that was taking place for woman in fashion, sex, social awareness, and politics. She represented women in transition from the old to the new, and not much had to be said about it because everyone could see it. Colleen Moore's on-screen characters visually illustrate this transition. In her earliest films, she was usually cast as a demure (though perky) Irish colleen...or a small-town girl trying to make it big in the big city. Tracing the career is tracing the arrival of the flapper, and she even performs the change within the plot of Flaming Youth. Clara Bow started in 1922, and was born to play her kind of freedom and daring. She never played the role of a proper young girl because from the beginning she looked too knowing. She might be the "girl next door" but the audience knew that she could be sweet (as in Wings 1927), but Clara Bow was too hot to handle and the audience knew it. Clara Bow and Colleen Moore offered audiences two different types of flapper: one that was sexy (Bow) and one that was wholesome (Moore). You only had to look at photographs of them to understand. Colleen Moore has an art deco look. She's trim, slim, and sleek, with the boyish figure of the 1920s silhouette. Even her hair is geometric, worn straight, short, and with no sense of softness. Her clothes are simple and elegant, with straight lines that reveal no curves, Bow has a mass of tangled, sleepy-time hair, thick and lush and her line is a curve, and when she walks, she wiggles. Both ladies played roles that were ultimately safe, because neither was ever presented as evil or seriously depraved; their flapper movies weren't tragic tales of unwed motherhood and abandonment. They were both typical examples of the same circumstance, but there was a difference, and that was sex. Both entered movies very young, and both were very ambitious and both were "typical" girls onscreen. Neither actress was what you would call typical both had the grit and ruthlessness that movie stardom required. Growing up both women saw Hollywood as an escape and dreamed of becoming another Mary Pickford. Moore and Bow represent the kind of stardom that is partly an accident of casting and partly a force of personality but that certainly has to be earned the hard way. They are not the timeless stars like Garbo or Dietrich, but stars who represent their own time. To be that kind of movie star is the hardest job of all, because these actors whose films are about nothing much but themselves and their cool, cool (hot, hot) images. Sensational popularity - white hot and all consuming - doesn't last. As a result, Bow and Moore were inevitably pushed into movie after movie. They were tougher than most, and managed to stay movie stars for a full decade. Moore did have a strong sense of herself as someone special - she was born with one blue eye and one brown eye. This feature made her unique and that's something. Colleen Moore's famous haircut the "Dutch Boy bob" came about when she was turned down for the role in Flaming Youth so her mother suggested that she cut her hair and ask to do a test. The famous haircut emerged and Colleen Moore got the part and her stardom as well. Clara Bow won a movie magazine contest and arrived in Hollywood in 1922. By 1925 or 1926 Clara Bow was on the brink of stardom with these films: Mantrap, The Plastic Age, and Dancing Mothers. Clara Bow's biggest personal success and the film that made her a legend as the "It Girl" was her first release in 1927. "It" was a social phenomenon of its day, rather like roller skates but more fun. The term "It" was coined by Elinor Glyn a writer in the Barbara Cartland school. Glyn was able to parlay "It" as a concept into big-time fame in Hollywood where she even had a small part in the film "It." Clara Bow and Colleen Moore were both at the top of their careers in 1927. But by 1929 and the coming of sound (Bow was 24 and Moore was 29 years old) their careers were about finished. Bow made a successful transition to Talkies with her last two films Call Her Savage (1932, Fox Film Corporation) and Hoopla (1933, Fox Film Corporation) but after a series of nervous breakdowns Bow asked that her contract with Paramount be terminated. It was not sound that destroyed Clara Bow's career but heredity and the horrors of her childhood. After marrying Rex Bell in 1931 she had two sons and stayed out of the limelight until her death in 1965. Colleen Moore herself ended her career after starring with Spencer Tracy in The Power And The Glory (1933, Fox Film Corporation) she decided that there was a world outside of Hollywood and wanted to see something of it. Marrying happily for the third and final time to Homer Hargrave of Chicago she became a caring step-mother to his children. She wrote her successful autobiography in 1968 and passed away in 1988 a wealthy and fulfilled matron. When a reporter once asked Clara Bow, "What is "It"? After thinking for a moment, she replied, "I ain't real sure.

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wjerryzwjerryzMar 10, 2018

Clara , was way a head of her time . Dressed well , woman of a thousand faces .Always appeared different. And a set of legs that could match anyone in the world

wjerryzwjerryzMar 10, 2018

Really gorgeous

wjerryzwjerryzJan 13, 2016

One of the greatest beauties to ever grace the screen

jean wFeb 8, 2009

was clara bow married to a nephi booth? a relative of mine.

MichelleNov 14, 2007

Hey im doing Clara bow for a social studies project. If anyone has pretty pictures, or cool facts, please comments back on here.

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