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Clara Bow: The original 'It Girl' of Hollywood

The woman who epitomized the Roaring Twenties, Clara Bow made her big screen debut a hundred years ago in 1922. She quickly shot to fame as a leading lady and sex symbol. 

She cemented her popularity with fans in 1927’s “It” (no, not the horror movie). The concept that someone has “it” – that certain something that draws others in – originated with the movie. Bow would popularize the concept in her portrayal of the plucky shop worker and forever be nicknamed “the It Girl.”

Below are a few scenes from the silent movie, which was known for its 1920s creative exclamations in the titles such as “Hot socks!” and “Sweet Santa Claus, give me him!”