A photo of a young Clara Bow, probably around the time she won the beauty contest that would change the course of her life | source
10 Vintage Facts About: Clara Bow
1.] Her idols included Mae Murray, Gloria Swanson, and Theda Bara
2.] Clara Bow arrived in Hollywood in 1923
3.] She went to Hollywood by way of winning a Beauty Contest while she was still in high school
4.] She failed in the talkies mostly because of her thick Brooklyn accent
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5.] From 1927 to 1930 she was one of the top five Hollywood box-office attractions
6.] Clara Bow had a horrible childhood and grew up poor. She was sexually abused by her father and neglected by her emotionally unbalanced mother.
7.] Her last name "Bow" is short for her actual last name "Bowtinelli"
8.] Young Gary Cooper had a crush on Clara Bow
9.] Despite her films' successes and more money, Clara Bow opted to live humbly in a bungalow instead of a mansion
10.] She married cowboy actor and rancher, Rex Bell, in Las Vegas. They lived in Nevada where Rex Bell eventually became lieutenant governor.
To find out more about the 1920s film star Clara Bow, please read: Biography: Clara Bow and The Unknown Clara Bow. For more Clara Bow pictures, I highly recommend the Clara Bow Archive