The ‘It’ Girl Clara Bow: Her Personal Story

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While attending the third annual, TCM Film Festival this past April, one of the many pictures screened was Call Her Savage.  One of the presenters was none other than David Stenn, the author of Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild (a truly fabulous and enlightening biography).  Not only did he provide background information on the film (a risque film, allowing her to make light of some of the outlandish allegations made against her during a scandalous period of time) but a he also initiated the first ever screening (approximately 3o seconds) of colorized footage of Miss Bow.  The last film she ever made was in 1933, well before the color medium was being utilized.  All together, it was one of the most memorable moments of the festival.  Seeing Clara come to life in this film made me realize just how terrific her on screen presence was.  No one in the audience could avert their eyes from her.  It was then and there, that I decided I had to learn more about this iconic woman.  Clara exuded a carefree, delightful, wistful persona, but in  those all encompassing eyes of her, one could clearly see the heavy weight of sadness that lingered.  Thanks to the fabulous site of maxwelldemille.com, I was able to obtain a three part personal interview (interviewer was Adela Rogers St. Johns) that Clara Bow partook in.  These three segments were featured in the February-April issues of Photoplay in 1928.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!!

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