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America could turn it off

In 1965, America lost one of its first motion picture sex symbols, when Clara Bow, the It Girl, died of heart disease.
Bow had been the star of a string of silent films, was the stuff of legend and of lies, was accused of having literally had sex with an entire football team — since testified to as untrue by team members, by the way — and she was so driven by the titillation industry that she sought anonymity.
Unfortunately she married fellow film actor Rex Bell, who went into politics.
In 1944, when Bell was running for national office, Bow attempted ...


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