- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Cooper Square Press; First Thus edition (March 13, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815410255
- ISBN-13: 978-0815410256
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild Paperback – March 13, 2000
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Stenn has found out as much to know about Clara Bow as it is given to mortals to know; he takes an intelligent approach, neither too solemn nor too flip, and the story he has to tell is almost always engrossing. (The New York Times)
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This book follows her life and career very closely and we see glimmers of the beginnings of Hollywood's sleaze era, when studio heads owned their stars and controlled their lives in every way, in how Clara was managed. I learned about her life, as well as the era in which she lived and worked. If you like history and want to learn more about this era, you'll enjoy this book.
The author goes in great detail regarding the life of Clara,-- from the time she was born, to the time of her death.
Clara was such a misunderstood person. I think that the author has attempted to give us all a better understanding of Clara (the "It" girl).
I also loved the photos of Clara in this book.(She sure was a pretty actress!)
(**)= The only thing that I question is how the "professionals" came to the conclusion that Clara was (probably) Schitzophrenic?... In my opinion, rather than schitzophrenic, I think Clara probably suffered from Manic Depression. That is not to say that her mother was not schitzophrenic though.... From the sounds of it, Clara's Mom was probably schitzophrenic,that I agree with the author and "professionals" (eg: the instances when Clara's Mom tried to kill her with a butcher knife,while Clara was sleeping!).
However, from all the descriptions of Clara's tortured life, to me, it sounded like Clara was more Bi-Polar than anything else. But Schitzophrenic (?)---probably not.
Clara, by all accounts,was never a violent person. She did not "hear voices". Clara had intense "ups and downs" (as described by her children and husband). Clara loved sex, and the attention it brought her. She was an insecure person, who was searching for love and approval her whole life.
It was exciting to learn this after seeing the video. Bell's not quite the 'Knight in Shining Armor' as portrayed during Clara's trial. His abandoning her later (after they had two boys together) to become a lifelong politician was likely the root of Clara's mental issues and not something heredity (inherited from her parents). Highly recommend because of how clearly the story is told.