Clara Bow And The Myth Of The USC Football Team

“Nothing happened. We never got involved in a ‘bedroom scene’ or anything like that. We were too damn innocent.” —USC quarterback Morley Drury, on his date with Clara Bow

In A Nutshell

Clara Bow, an extremely popular silent film star in the 1920s, was the victim of a vicious rumor, perpetrated by her jealous former secretary, Daisy DeVoe. In an unauthorized “biography,” DeVoe claimed Bow had slept with the entire USC football team at the same time during parties she held in their honor. However, this was false and, unfortunately, was a cause of Bow’s later mental problems.

The Whole Bushel

The original “It” girl, Clara Bow was one of the most famous silent film stars in the United States during the 1920s. She starred in 48 movies by the time she was 25 and was just as well-known for her off-screen exploits as for her film roles. Bow had a number of high-profile affairs with actors, directors and doctors, which led to her salacious reputation.

A former secretary riddled with jealousy, Daisy DeVoe took advantage of the public’s opinion of Bow and wrote an unauthorized “biography” about her with a number of outright lies involving the actress. Chief among them was that Bow was a huge fan of the USC football team and frequently invited the players over, in order to have an orgy with them all. The public ate these stories up, and they followed Bow for the rest of her life, especially after she took DeVoe to court over the book and the true details of her life were made public.

In actuality, Bow was relatively benign with the USC football team, holding parties for them which mainly involved harmless dancing and late-night swims. She went on a date with Morley Drury, the quarterback for USC, but nothing happened, as Drury himself said at the time. Sadly, this myth, and the true stories which came out during the trial, led Bow to suffer a number of mental breakdowns, keeping her from continuing her promising film career.

Show Me The Proof

LA Times: The ‘It’ Girl Needs a New Press Agent
Snopes: Clara Bow Peep

  • Exiled Phoenix

    So the young woman suffered because inequality usually “religious” stigmatisms exist when a guy gets laid, and a woman does. I see no reason a difference should be shown. Men and women are equal.

    • inconspicuous detective

      religion had nothing to do with this. bringing it up is a poor attempt at trolling.

      • Exiled Phoenix

        So you believe she was persecuted because of human nature. You realize how idiotic that sounds. Of course it was because of religion you fool! It isn’t trolling if it is the truth.

        • inconspicuous detective

          prove it. prove society has never looked down on the oldest profession without religious influence.

          • Exiled Phoenix

            Easy! The profession existed before religion. Only religious fools denounce these type of people.

          • inconspicuous detective

            and it was denounced then as well, before religion. just as all “sins” were just pages out of other books. guidlines established prior to religion are still with us. again, you’re trolling, and not very well.

  • ElBandito

    It’s a huge shame. Because Clara Bow had even had more nastier allegations made against her. It seemed during the early years of Hollywood, any girl who dared to get in front of a camera was constantly slandered and thought out as a slut.

    I guess back then, we had a lot of extremely hateful and conservative people then.