CLARA BOW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 54398
Sale Price $850.00
Oversized 10½x13½ color photograph shown in a yellow hat and sequined dress, signed "with all my best wishes" in green ink
Inscribed Photograph Signed "For Blanche Svehla/with all my best wishes/Sincerely/Clara Bow." in green ink. Colored b/w, 10½x13½ overall, 10x13 image, printed on cardstock, rounded edges. The daughter of a Coney Island waiter, Clara Bow (1905-1965, born Clara Gordon Bow in Brooklyn, New York) was turned into the symbol of the flapper age of the Roaring 20s by Paramount. During that era, Bow, with her cupid bow lips and sparkling eyes, was one of the first actresses to flaunt her freedom and sex appeal on screen. Among her big hits were Kiss Me Again (1925), Mantrap (1926) and It (1927), the latter resulting in her permanent nickname of the "It Girl". It is sometimes said that Bow's career was ruined by the advent of talking films, but she was the top-billed star in eleven of these, even singing capably in several. Sensational stories of her personal escapades, apparently exaggerated by the press, earned her a new nickname, however: "Crisis a Day Clara". Bow married B-movie cowboy star Rex Bell in 1931 and retired from filmmaking in 1933. Lightly toned, silvered creased and bowed. Signature has low contrast in places but is legible. Photo has been torn in half and repaired with tape on verso; paper loss on image along tear. Light tears in bottom right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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