Clara Bow Overview:

Legendary actress, Clara Bow, was born Clara Gordon Bow on Jul 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, NY. Bow died at the age of 60 on Sep 27, 1965 in West Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Known variously as the "It" girl, Jazz Baby, and the Brooklyn Bonfire, Clara was a vivacious, petite redhead, who typified America in the mid-1920s. Her abrasive love life hardly matched her screen image, which soon palled with the public with the coming of sound. Married (from 1931) to cowboy star Rex Bell (1905-1962), she was reclusive and in poor health for most of her later life. She died from a heart attack.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Bow was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1994. Bow was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Clara Bow Quotes:

Joe Easter: Well, that sort of upsets my plans. I'd figured on sendin' her to my aunt in Minneapolis...
Alverna: Minneapple sauce!

Kitty Flanders: You'd make a marvelous second husband but you are too much of a luxury for a poor girl's first husband.

Mary Preston: D'you know what you can do when you see a shooting star?
John "Jack" Powell: No, what?
Mary Preston: You can kiss the girl you love.

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1994: She was honored with an image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage, next to George Burns and Gracie Allen.

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