January 14, 2017

Clara Bow sporting a cloche hat and top adorned with swastikas, 1932

Clara bow in Germany during a publicity tour, 1932.

Clara Bow met Hitler in Germany when on a European tour to promote 1932’s Call Her Savage. She was persuaded to wear a swastika-embroidered cloche and suit by studio boss BP Schulberg.

According to the biographer David Stenn, in Berlin “a starstruck Adolf Hitler presented her with a signed copy of Mein Kampf. ‘For my most esteemed friend Clara,’ he wrote, ‘with the wish that she derives the same pleasure reading this book as I did writing it. Adolf.’” ‘Madness’ was all Clara had to say.


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