Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...
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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461660910
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 129,704
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Prologue 1
I Brooklyn Gothic 3
II Hollywood Flapper 33
III The "It" Girl 77
IV Talkies 153
V "This Ain't No Life" 207
VI Mrs. Beldam 247
Epilogue 281
Aftermath 284
Filmography 287
Sources 314
Notes 321
Index 359
About the Author 369
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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Wonderful book that shows a much deeper side to this icon than most people know

    Engrossing, enchanting, heart breaking and enlightening. A truly remarkable bio.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    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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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    A sad when it ends, story

    Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    A Tragic Star Finally Gets the Treatment She Deserves

    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.

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