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Clara Bow’s Family Reacts to Taylor Swift Shout Out in New Song

Clara Bow’s Family Reacts to Taylor Swift Shout Out in New Song

Leave it to Taylor Swift to tie in one of Hollywood’s greatest silent film stars in Clara Bow to her new album. Swift headed out to Instagram, where she released track titles of her new album, The Tortured Poets Department. This did take place during her appearance at the Grammy Awards.

Now, the album itself will not be out until April. No sample cuts are out there in the public realm. Yet the intrigue is there and Swift has the attention of two of Bow’s family members.

Nicole Sisneros and Brittany Grace Bell, great-granddaughters of Bow, shared their reactions to the song titled Clara Bow in a recent interview.

“We could not believe it,” Sisneros said in talking with People. “We were shocked and then the intrigue set in because no one from our family had been contacted or knew about this prior. (And) we found out via the Instagram post like everybody else.

Clara Bow Family Member Went To Taylor Swift Concert

“[I] took my oldest daughter to the [Eras Tour] concert and just to see it through her eyes and see this megastar who appeals to people of all ages…,” Sisneros said. “When we told her [about the new Clara Bow song] she was excited and looking forward to telling her little friends.”

Clara Bow started making inroads in the movie industry during the heyday of silent movies in the 1920s. As the movie sound barrier snapped, in part, thanks to Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, Bow adjusted her career. She found a place in the “talkies” and secured a nickname. Bow became known as “the It girl” thanks in part to her role in the movie simply titled It.

Bow, at one point in the 1920s, reportedly was a top box-office draw in the movie industry. She was able to hold on to that position when moving into the world of talking pictures. After retiring from the movie industry, Bow suffered from mental health issues. In 1965, she died of a heart attack at 60 years old. In her later years, Bow lived in seclusion from the world with only a nurse around to take care of her.

Bow Family Hopes She’s Presented Well

As for Swift’s song, the great-granddaughters hope Swift can capture parts of Bow’s personality in it.

“I hope she conveys a positive image of Clara Bow, which I think she will,” Bell said, according to Women’s Health Magazine. “I would imagine that Taylor uses this as a way to highlight her accomplishments, her accolades, her talent. They’re both people that have really strong raw talent.”

Of course, unless you have been living under a rock, Swift has made headlines for her love of football too. Well, to be more exact, her love for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Swift and some of her friends were present in Las Vegas when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime at Super Bowl LVIII.

Her appearances at NFL games have drawn some attention from TV networks covering Chiefs games. For now, though, Swift will be focusing on getting her new album ready to be heard publicly.