cdl Icon: Clara Bow (1905-1965)

The queen of silent film, Clara Bow reigned supreme during the 1920s and remains a source of inspiration at cdl HQ today.

One of the most in demand actresses of an era, she appeared in 46 silent films during her career which spanned just over a decade.

Defining the roaring 20s, Clara was famed for her sexy looks and spunky attitude. Director Frank Lloyd was quoted as saying she was the ‘ideal aristocratic flapper, mischievous, pretty, aggressive, quick-tempered and deeply sentimental.’

Her breakthrough role as the tomboy in Down to the Sea in Ships made Hollywood stop and take note of the actress. Her success continued in the juvenile crime film Grit, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and as a high society flapper in Black Oxen.

As the inspiration behind the character Peppy Miller in The Artist, it is clear Clara Bow remains a strong influence in contemporary film.

Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition for her contribution to the film industry and immortalized in Max Fleisher’s cartoon character Betty Boop, this stunning actress will not be forgotten.

Miss Bow, this is our dedication to you.

Images courtesy of the dart and the hemdoctor marcofan poplistalmoth girl wings and they had faces.

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