Clara Bow

1920's actress

Life Biography

Clara Bow was born July 29, 1905. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY with a rough life. Her father was abusive and her mother had mental disorders. To get away from troubles at home, she got an interest for movies. She won a beauty contest when she was 16 and winning that got her a small part in Beyond the Rainbow. She continued to audition for more movies and moved to Hollywood. Her movies became very big and she was also known as a style icon.


Because of her movie "It" she was known as the "it girl". She died September 27, 1965. Her acting roles and cultures have continued to be explored. In 1999 a documentary was released called "Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl".