Clara Bow was one of the biggest stars of the 1920s, and her reputation endures as the impetuous, free-spirited “It” Girl of her most famous film. In many ways Clara Bow became the embodiment of the era, a face and persona forever wed to the 20s. She weathered many scandals, breakdowns, and overall mayhem while consistently winnning over audiences and critics.
When she retired in 1933 she told the Kansas City Star: “My life in Hollywood contained plenty of uproar. I’m sorry for a lot of it but not awfully sorry. I never did anything to hurt anyone else. I made a place for myself on the screen and you can’t do that by being Mrs. Alcott’s idea of a Little Woman.”