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Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild Paperback – March 13, 2000
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Illuminating and unforgettable. (Los Angeles Times)
She was Marilym Monroe decades before Marilyn. How movingly David Stenn has written the story of this hilarious and heartbreaking star. (Dominick Dunne)
Top Customer Reviews
Her films are nicely profiled with detail given for the most important of them: It, Mantrap and Dancing Mothers. He also deals with her later mental problems with great sensitivity and clarity so one come away with knowing exactly made Clara the woman that she was. Ultimately, Clara's was an unhappy life punctuated with moments of happiness. I came away from the book feeling that I had a new perspective about Clara Bow and a renewed interest in seeing films of hers that I had missed. The book has an excellent filmography and contains a good set of photographs of Clara and the people in her life.
The Brooklyn Bonfire, The "It" Girl, the Royal Canadian Mounted Policewoman of sex (she always got her man!), the twenties version of Marilyn and Madonna, Clara was the very first modern, studio-packaged sex symbol. The image the studios fashioned for her, that of a carefree, man-hungry flapper, became an icon for the Jazz Age. But Bow is criminally underappreciated today---this young girl had more influence on modern Hollywood than anyone gives her credit for---and this book will show you exactly why. Here is the original tragic Hollywood sex symbol, the one all others are modeled on. Softly beautiful, powerfully sensual, and an incredibly expressive actress, she had a shocking amount of raw talent, which was exploited, and then ignored, and then sacrificed by the studio system that had grown wealthy off of her.
Stenn lays bare the reasons for her unrelenting self-destruction, revealing an unloved and bewildered young girl who fought desperately to escape from her childhood prison but was wholly unprepared for life on the outside. An authoritative biography of a complex and fascinating woman, highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was great but I come away with mixed feelings about what I learned from it. Before, I could enjoy Clara's wonderful movies in blissful ignorance. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Popeye Arms
This was a really heartfelt, well researched biography, written in the late 80s that included interviews with people that knew her in life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by suzanne
I enjoyed this book very much. I learned a lot about Clara Bow that I did not know before!Published 2 months ago by Denise Raybon
Clara Bow became an international movie star against all odds. She was a child of the streets, a girl who used her body to get ahead in a time when such actions never resulted in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kujifanya Jina
This is a David Stenn's sympathetic biography of Clara Bow. Clara was a warm hearted girl who faced difficulty all through her life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nate
The silent film industry represented a time of boundless creativity, energy and wonderment unseen before or since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pugwash
This book was the very first biography I ever read on a movie star. I literally could not put it down! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gracie6131