Clara Bow (1905 - 1965)
The American actress was born in a poor family, in New York, having to deal with an often absent father and a psychotic mother. To escape her miserable environment, the young girl is determined to become an actress as cinema provides all the fantasy and beauty she needs. In 1921, she participates to an acting contest that opens the doors of film studios and leaves for Hollywood, in 1923. There, her career expands and Clara Bow epitomizes the Roaring Twenties' flapper, a confident, charismatic and modern woman. At only 25, she retires exhausted by repeated scandals about her presumed sexual life. In 1927, her role in the film 'It', had earned her high recognition and provided the actress with the nickname, the 'It Girl': a now standard epithet for all aspiring celebrities.