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Clara Gordon Bow (/ˈb/; July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to “talkies” after 1927. Her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It brought her global fame and the nickname “The It Girl“.[1] Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties[2] and is described as its leading sex symbol.[3][4]

Bow appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits such as Mantrap (1926), It (1927), and Wings (1927). She was named first box-office draw in 1928 and 1929 and second box-office draw in 1927 and 1930.[5][6] Her presence in a motion picture was said to have ensured investors, by odds of almost two-to-one, a “safe return”.[7] At the apex of her stardom, she received more than 45,000 fan letters in a single month (January 1929).[8]

Two years after marrying actor Rex Bell in 1931, Bow retired from acting and became a rancher in Nevada. Her final film, Hoop-La, was released in 1933. In September 1965, Bow died of a heart attack at the age of 60.

 

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