Born Clara Lou in Texas, 1915
Youngest of five children
Was entered into a beauty contest by her sister in college where she won. Part of her prize was a cameo in a Paramount film.
Worked bit parts at Paramount including time as a hand and leg model before heading to Warner Brothers
Is said to have received as many as 250 marriage proposals in a week.
Was Max Factor's "Girl of the Year" in 1939
Worked with Bette Davis, Ronald Regan, Bogie, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn to name a few.
Married and divorced three times
Was known as the "Ohmph Girl", which she hated.
Was a strong Republican
Died at age 51 of cancer.