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Clara Bow Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Clara Bow Quick Info
Height 5 ft 3½ in
Weight 57 kg
Date of Birth July 29, 1905
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death September 27, 1965

Clara Bow was an American actor who became one of the prominent figures of the silent film era of the 1920s and her performance in the film It brought her worldwide acclaim as well as the nickname “The It Girl”. She later successfully made the transition to “talkies” in 1929. Bow appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including ItMantrapDancing MothersThe Primrose Path, The Saturday Night KidLove Among the MillionairesThe Keeper of the Bees, Dangerous CurvesHer Wedding NightTrue to the NavyCall Her SavageKiss Me AgainPoisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo, and Hoop-La (her final film).

Born Name

Clara Gordon Bow

Nick Names

The ‘It’ Girl, The Brooklyn Bonfire

Clara Bow in 1932
Clara Bow in 1932 (D.D.Teoli Jr. / archive.org / Public Domain)

Age

She was born on July 29, 1905.

Died

On September 27, 1965, she died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in Culver City, California, United States.

Resting Place

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Clara Bow attended P.S. 111, P.S. 9, and P.S. 98. She also studied at Bay Ridge High School for Girls.

Occupation

Actor

Family

  • Father – Robert Walter Bow (1874-1959)
  • Mother – Sarah Frances Bow (née Gordon) (1880-1923)
  • Siblings – Clara had 2 older sisters who died in infancy.

Manager

Clara Bow was managed by B.P. Schulberg.

Build

Voluptuous

Clara Bow as 'Kittens' and Conway Tearle as 'Jerry' in 'Dancing Mothers' (1926)
Clara Bow as ‘Kittens’ and Conway Tearle as ‘Jerry’ in ‘Dancing Mothers’ (1926) (Paramount Pictures / doctormacro.com / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm

Weight

57 kg or 125.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Clara Bow had dated –

  1. Leland Hayward
  2. Ben Lyon
  3. John Gilbert
  4. John Wayne
  5. Fred Marsh – RUMOR
  6. Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
  7. Arthur Jacobson (1923-1924) – She reportedly met her first boyfriend, a cameraperson named Arthur Jacobson, in 1923. They parted ways the following year.
  8. B.P. Schulberg (1923-1924)
  9. Donald Keith (1924) – It was RUMORed that she had an affair with actor Donald Keith in 1924. The duo worked together in the 1925 black-and-white silent film The Plastic Age.
  10. Gilbert Roland (1925-1926) – She was romantically involved with her co-star Gilbert Roland between 1925 and 1926 and they even got engaged before breaking up.
  11. Victor Fleming (1926) – She dated director Victor Fleming in 1926 and he once compared her to a Stradivarius violin, stating: “Touch her, and she responded with genius.”
  12. Eddie Cantor (1926) – She allegedly had a fling with actor Eddie Cantor in 1926 and they worked together in the film version of the musical Kid Boots.
  13. Gary Cooper (1926-1928)
  14. Richard Arlen (1927-1928) – She was linked with actor Richard Arlen between 1927 and 1928. He was one of her pallbearers.
  15. Bela Lugosi (1928)
  16. William earl Pearson (1929-1931)
  17. Harry Richman (1930-1931) – She was romantically linked with singer and actor Harry Richman between 1930 and 1931. He served as one of her pallbearers.
  18. Abel Baer (1930)
  19. Rex Bell (1931-1962) – In 1931, she married actor and politician Rex Bell. She retired from acting 2 years after their wedding and became a rancher in Nevada. They had 2 sons – Tony Beldam (changed name to Rex Anthony Bell, Jr.) (1934 – July 8, 2011) and George Beldam, Jr. (b. 1938). They remained married until his death in 1962. Both Bell and Clara died of a heart attack.

Race / Ethnicity

White

She was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.

Hair Color

Auburn

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Applied her red lipstick in the shape of a heart

Clara Bow (Left) comforting Ethel Shannon in 'Maytime' (1923)
Clara Bow (Left) comforting Ethel Shannon in ‘Maytime’ (1923) (B. P. Schulberg Productions, Preferred Pictures / The New Zealand Film Archive / Public Domain)

Clara Bow Facts

  1. When she was young, one of her close friends burned to death in her arms as she tried to stop the fire.
  2. According to her biographer David Stenn, Clara Bow was raped by her father when she was 16.
  3. In 1960, she was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  4. Bow was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Featured Image by D.D.Teoli Jr. / archive.org / Public Domain

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