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Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild Paperback – March 13, 2000
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Clara Bow, star of numerous silent films and early talkies, personified sex as fun, earning the sobriquet "The It Girl." Notoriety ended her career before she was 30. "In this sensitive biography, readers will find a vibrant woman to empathize with, as well as an engrossing history of early picture-making," praised PW.
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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)
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)
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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.
What a read, I was buried in the book, believe me Clara Bow had "IT" and David Stenn captured this hollywood Star beautifully. The research done for this book is clear to see, great care has been taken to sift through the facts, sorting out the scandal and rumours which spun itself out of control. The great little attributes to this book are the written lines as to how the star would sound if you enter into a conversation with Clara Bow herself. (Old New York, New York Slang)
Looking for a page turner you got "IT" Clara Bow had her own fair share of naughtiness, but the fact is you just can't help liking her for it. Clara Bow was a stronger person than she ever believed. I am amazed by her staying power once a crisis a day had hit. The sympathy you feel for this women is overpowering.
"A life no it ain't" but she knew what needed to be done to survive it. A star, Clara Bow certainly was.