The "It" Girl was the movies' first American sex
goddess. The star of Wings, the first film to win the
Best Picture Oscar, Clara's unhappy life, in many ways,
paralleled that of her successor, Marilyn Monroe.
A longtime victim of insomnia, Ms. Bow lies awake
on the morning of her estranged husband's funeral and
painfully remembers the mentally ill mother who once tried
to kill her; her career as the ultimate "flapper"; her many
nervous breakdowns; and affairs with the likes of Gary
Cooper, Gilbert Roland, director Victor Fleming, and, as is
said, the USC football team.
Michael B. Druxman's CLARA BOW is a tragi-comic
tale about another of Hollywood's victims.