Secret Love-Life of Clara as told by Daisy to Frederic H. Girnau

Los Angeles: Frederic H. Girnau Publishing Co. / Coast Reporter, [1933].

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Softcover. First edition. Tall octavo. 60, [3]pp. Stapled illustrated green wrappers printed in black and red. A little sunning at the extremities of the wrappers, small chip at the corner of one leaf affecting no text, else near fine. One of the notorious and slanderous tell-alls about a movie star, Clara Bow, in Hollywood history. Bow's secretary and best friend Daisy DeVoe was convicted of embezzling substantial funds from Bow, and DeVoe retaliated by collaborating with tabloid journalist Girnau on this expose that accused Bow, according to her biographer David Stenn, of "promiscuity and exhibitionism, kinkiness and incest, lesbianism and bestiality, drug addiction and alcoholism, venereal disease and family insanity". While Bow may not have been an angel, this mass of innuendo and smear was clearly overwrought. Girnau was sentenced to eight years in the Federal pen for sending the lewd and lascivious pamphlet through the mail, but the damage was done, and the accompanying scandal resulted in the destruction of the 26-year old Bow's career. *OCLC* locates just three copies, not surprising because of its cheap production and near-pornographic nature.

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Item #443014 Secret Love-Life of Clara as told by Daisy to Frederic H. Girnau. DeVOE, Daisy as told to Frederic H. Girnau.
Secret Love-Life of Clara as told by Daisy to Frederic H. Girnau