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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 14 April 1892Cawker City, Kansas, USA
Date of Death 23 October 1972Hollywood, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameClara Viola Cronk
Nickname Ola
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Silent-era star Claire Windsor was born Clara Viola Cronk in Cawker City, Kansas, the daughter of Ella and G.E. Cronk. She was educated at Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington, and Washburn Preperatory Academy in Topeka, Kansas. She studied voice and piano at Cohn's Conservatory of Music in Seattle. Claire began her film career as an extra on the Famous Players-Lasky lot, and was signed to stock by director Allan Dwan to work at First National Pictures. She was then signed by writer/director Lois Weber to the lead role in What Do Men Want? (1921), at which time she changed her name to Claire Windsor (on the advice of writer Frances Marion). She toured with Al Jolson in his stage show in 1933.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Les Adams

Spouse (2)

Bert Lytell (13 May 1925 - 1927) (divorced)
David Willis Bowes (13 May 1914 - 14 September 1920) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Kindly Light area, section 5, spot #299.
WAMPAS Baby Star of 1922.
Her son Billy Bowes (David William Bowes) was born on September 9th, 1916 in Denver Colorado. He made his screen debut in What Do Men Want? (1921) and then appeared in several pictures, his greatest success being the leading role in the comedy Three Good Pals (1921), a two-reel comedy by Fox, in which he was supported by a duck and a monkey.
Claire was peripherally involved in the famous William Desmond Taylor murder case in 1922. She and Taylor had a dinner date the night before he was found murdered in his house. Although the case has never been officially solved, one theory is that Desmond was killed by a jealous lover who saw Claire at his house that night and, when she left, sneaked in the house and killed him. She was questioned by the police the next day and eventually cleared of any involvement in the murder.
Her real name was Clara Cronk, but it was changed to Claire Windsor by writer Frances Marion, who said that Clara Cronk would never do as a name for a movie star.
Clara Viola (Ola) Cronk was actually born in Marvin (present day Glade), in Phillips County, Kansas. Ola was two years old when the family moved to Cawker City (Jan. 1895) and ran a general merchandise store until 1920. "Claire Windsor" always claimed to be born in Cawker because she used 1897 or 1898 as the date of her birth instead of 1892.
Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).

Salary (5)

To Please One Woman (1920) $150 /week
What's Worth While? (1921) $150 /week
Too Wise Wives (1921) $150 /week
The Raiders (1921) $150 /week
The Blot (1921) $150 /week

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