Birth Name: Clara Bow
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Clara Bow was born on July 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Sarah and Robert Bow in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave that threatened the lives of both the newborn and her mother. Her Dickensian childhood was marked by poverty, uncertainty and violence. Bow's mother, Sarah, had for years suffered from mental illness, a condition worsened by the infant deaths of two girls born prior to Clara, and a severe head injury sustained in a fall at the age of 16. Her father, Robert, although bright and personable, was a resolute underachiever who was frequently unemployed and absent from the family's tenement home for extended periods of time. Never comfortable in the company of girls her ag...
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