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Clara Bow ☆ Get Your Man (1927) ☆
Bow’s Boys ☆ Clara Bow and her sons, (L-R) Rex Anthony Bell Jr. (1934-2011) and George Beldam Jr. (1938- ) ☆ Happy Mother’s Day! ☆
Clara showered her sons with the love and affection her own parents had denied her. Both were as feisty and rambunctious as she had been, but unlike her mother, Tony and George were never punished for their personalities. When Clara did discipline them, she invariably apologized all the while. “You’re lucky ya didn’t have my father,” she told Tony amidst a spanking that seemed to hurt her more than him. What riled her most was waste and rudeness. Having gone hungry in her own childhood, she was infuriated when her sons hid unwanted food behind the dining room curtains. Likewise, “sassin’” an elder enraged her. Jean Harlow’s sudden death at twenty-six had upset Clara deeply, and she subsequently made a point of befriending Betty Grable, the “Pin-Up Girl” who had replaced the “Blonde Bombshell” (who had replaced “the ‘It’ Girl”) as reigning sex icon. When Grable paid a visit to June Street one day, Tony welcomed her shouting, “HIYA, BETTY!” from the second-floor landing. “Well,” he recalls, “when Mother heard that, she turned right around, charged upstairs, dragged me into my room, and spanked the hell out of me!” Again Clara’s anger derived from past experience. Disrespected during her own career, she forbid her son to treat “Miss Grable” the same way.
- Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild by David Stenn, page 251.
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NEW YORK … Clara Bow, the flaming-haired siren of Hollywood waving to friends as she arrives in New York to do some fall shopping and visit some of her many friends.
October 17, 1930
Clara Bow, who left New York December 15 for her first trip abroad, returned to New York today (February 16) with the news that she had a fine vacation in Europe but is glad to be back in the USA. Miss Bow was accompanied by her husband, Rex Bell, her maid and twenty pieces of luggage. After a short stay in New York the film actress will entrain for Hollywood to begin work in her next starring picture.
Feb 27 1933