Often known as the “It Girl,” or the “greatest silent film actress,” Clara Bow was always beautiful to look at. Her parents were poor and neglected her, often yelling and screaming in front of her. She chose a new life and became one of the most recognized actresses of all time. “To promote their young star, Paramount was only too happy to help sensationalize every love affair she had. The otherwise shy and reclusive Clara gave into the expectations and trappings of being the It girl. A hypocritical Hollywood society did not take kindly to her wild raucous ways and were very quick to shun and distance themselves from her. Many of Clara’s exploits were quite mild compared to some of her Hollywood counterparts. The only difference being was that her counterparts were more careful about airing out their dirty laundry.”
The true original flapper, she died at age 60. Here are some amazing photos of Clara.