Bow, Clara

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Bow, Clara Gender: F
Clara Gordon Bow
born on 29 July 1905 at 20:20 (= 8:20 PM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 06°12' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 09°29 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 01°31'

Clara Bow


American actress, the hottest Hollywood item in 1927 on and off-screen. She made 12 to 14 one-reelers, a year of silents.

At 16, Bow entered a Motion Picture magazine contest. She hoped to escape her unhappy cold-water tenement through winning the magazine's "Fame and Fortune" trial. In an incredible stroke of luck, she was selected as winner of a trip to Hollywood and a part in an actual motion picture. With her huge plaintive eyes and bow lips, she was a great hit, soon receiving more fan mail per week than was delivered to an average town of 5,000 people. She dominated the fan magazines that had fascinated her a few years before.

Bow worked all day and partied all night. She was known for the quantity of men in her life and for being a manic insomniac. Always on edge, she suffered "little nervous breakdowns" in between pictures, and feverishly burned the candle at both ends. Gary Cooper was wild about her and she helped launch his career in "Wings," the best picture of 1927. Her lovers included her current leading men, John Gilbert, Charles Farrell, Frederic March, Gilbert Roland, Eddie Cantor, and even Bela Lugosi, who kept a nude portrait of Bow after their affair ended.

Clara had a devoted pal and live-in secretary, Daisy DeVoe, a former studio hairdresser. Daisy kept the house running, paid Bow's bills and kept on top of her appointments, sharing everything. One day, Clara discovered that Daisy had also been sharing her bank account, She came up short $35,000 as well as clothing, furs and jewelry, love letters and telegrams. Shocked and hurt, Bow fired Daisy, and Daisy in retaliation, threatened blackmail. Bow's fans knew she was wild but had no idea how many men had shared her sleepless nights. When Bow refused to be coerced, Daisy made good her threat and sold her version of Bow's romantic adventures to the scandal sheets. Bow pressed charges, and DeVoe received an 18-month sentence in jail.

However the damage done was irreparable. Bow's career popularity was short circuited by her scandalous private life of abortions, lawsuits, attempted suicides and nervous breakdowns.

Burned out, Bow collapsed and went into a sanitarium in Glendale, CA. Paramount terminated her contract.

She married cowboy star Rex Bell in 1931 and retired to his ranch; they had two sons together. She attempted a few more films before permanently retiring from the screen in 1933. She and Bell opening the "It" cafe at Hollywood and Vine in 1937, but she never appeared in the popular hangout. She became more matronly while raising her boys, at one time reaching 200 lbs.

Racked with emotional pain, she and Bell separated but never divorced. She became a recluse in a small plain house in a middle-class community of Culver City, CA, close to her doctors.

Bow spent the last 20 years of her life in and out of sanitariums, always an insomniac. In 1949 The Institute of Living treated her for chronic insomnia and diffuse abdominal pains with ECT . Numerous psychological tests were performed. Bow's IQ was measured "bright normal". Her pains were considered delusional and though she was not experiencing auditory or visual hallucination, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Bow left the Institute and spent the rest of her time in a bungalow.

She died of a heart attack on 9/26/1965, Glendale, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • lover relationship with Roland, Gilbert (born 11 December 1905). Notes: Engaged
  • parent->child relationship with Bell, Rex Jr. (born 16 December 1934)


  • Work : New Career 1921 (Film debut)
  • Work : Gain social status 1927 (Oscar winning film "Wings")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1931 (Rex Bell)
  • Work : Retired 1933 (Retired from the screen)

Source Notes

LMR quotes biographer David Stenn, "Running Wild," 1988, by phone, 7/1992, who quotes personal interviews with the family that narrowed the time to 8:20 PM.

(Joan McEvers quotes "The IT Girl" for, "late in the day," rectified to 4:47 PM. That biography has NO data. Sabian Symbols No.118 computes to 4:45 PM. PC quotes Sabian Symbols for 00:05 AM.)


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown (Multiple)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Schizophrenia (1949, for delusional pains, wihtout having typical halluciantions.)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Sleep disorders (Manic insomniac)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Rex Bell)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (Numerous abortions)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many lovers)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued (For defamation of character)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Multiple)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Sex-symbol (Beautiful eyes, bowed lips)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Silent films)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women