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September 20, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of American Actress Claire Windsor in the 1920s

Born 1892 as Clara Viola Cronk in Phillips County, Kansas, American actress Claire Windsor had her film debut in the 1920 release of Lois Weber’s To Please One Woman which was only a modest success. To promote the nascent starlet, Paramount Pictures often paired Windsor with the newly divorced actor Charlie Chaplin in publicity photographs, leading the tabloid press to give mention to the young actress in print.


The publicity paid off; in 1922, the newly formed Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS) began their annual WAMPAS Baby Stars awards and she was named, along with Bessie Love, Lila Lee, Mary Philbin and Colleen Moore, as the year’s most promising starlets. That same year Claire signed a contract with Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. She would appear in Broken Chains with fellow WAMPAS Baby Star Colleen Moore.

Throughout the 1920s, Windsor established herself as highly regarded leading lady in film. As her career progressed, she was often typecast as the “upscale society girl”, often playing the part of a princess, or monied socialite. Critics lauded her elegant fashion sense, and Windsor became a noted trend-setter of 1920s fashion.

By the late 1920s, Claire Windsor (like so many of her acting peers) found it difficult to move into talkies. She made several talkies throughout the 1930s but could never recapture the success of her earlier years as a silent screen actress.

Windsor died of a heart attack in 1972, at the age of 80 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California in 1960. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Claire Windsor in the 1920s.












































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