today is clara bow’s birthday, shes 24

clara bowclara bow first became famous when she won a magazine contest at 16.

some pretty girl thing in 1921 to find pretty girls.

as if that has ever been difficult.

that lead her to fame and fortune in the silent movie business.

clara became the original It Girl when she starred in the film It (1927) which was based on a kipling short story that included this couplet:

It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘It’.
Some women will stay in a man’s memory if they once walk down the street.

Bow had it. at the peak of her career she was getting 10s of thousands of letters from fans a week.

even though talkies moved in, she was able to adjust, but she didn’t want to. she didnt like them. she found them limiting.

she got married in 1931 and retired from movies in 1933.

bow had some unfortunate health issues later in her life and received shock treatment for her insomnia and mental instability. that didnt cure her and when she died in her 60s of a heart attack the autopsy discovered she had a separate, undetected heart attack earlier in her life.

one of her pall bearers was the boxing champ Jack Dempsey.

despite being known for her beauty, bow should also be remembered for her struggle to be unique in tinseltown, which isn’t always easy for It girls.

“They yell at me to be dignified. But what are the dignified people like? The people who are held up as examples for me? They are snobs. Frightful snobs … I’m a curiosity in Hollywood. I’m a big freak, because I’m myself!”