Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

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by David Stenn
     
 

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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

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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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bn.com
Before there was Marilyn Monroe, there was Clara Bow, the original "It" girl. The story of Bow's transformation from a Brooklyn kid with a family history that included insanity and alcoholism into the silver screen's first sex symbol is truly the stuff that movies are made of.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clara Bow, star of numerous silent films and early talkies, personified sex as fun, earning the sobriquet ``The It Girl.'' Notoriety ended her career before she was 30. ``In this sensitive biography, readers will find a vibrant woman to empathize with, as well as an engrossing history of early picture-making,'' praised PW. (July)
C. Winecoff
Tracing the meteoric rise and nasty fall of the screen sexpot who presaged Harlow and Monroe, TV writer Stenn never loses sight of the scared working-class girl who spent a lifetime trying to escape her past.
Entertainment Weekly
Dominick Dunne
She was Marilym Monroe decades before Marilyn. How movingly David Stenn has written the story of this hilarious and heartbreaking star.
The New York Times
Stenn has found out as much to know about Clara Bow as it is given to mortals to know; he takes an intelligent approach, neither too solemn nor too flip, and the story he has to tell is almost always engrossing.
Los Angeles Times
Illuminating and unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461660910
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/13/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
237,473
File size:
3 MB

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Dominick Dunne
She was Marilym Monroe decades before Marilyn. How movingly David Stenn has written the story of this hilarious and heartbreaking star.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Maudelynn More than 1 year ago
Engrossing, enchanting, heart breaking and enlightening. A truly remarkable bio.
minezapa More than 1 year ago
So glad I ordered and read the Clara Bow biography. The book was well-written and made you feel like you knew Clara personnally. I highly recommend it.
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jimpol More than 1 year ago
Very well written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
David Stenn's biography of Clara Bow is a masterpiece of sensitive writing. Bow's life has been shrouded in hearsay and lies, but Stenn manages to wade through the dredge to find the truth. Both his writing style and reseach are wonderful. Stenn's boi of Jean Harlow is also very impressive.