Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, is working on a biographical screenplay – but he wants to know how much “creative license” can he use before he gets his license taken away?

Hi Rob,

I am writing asking your opinion on something.

I am working on a screenplay on the life of Clara Bow. When researching her life, I feel it screams for a film. Besides, she was also one of the sexiest women in cinema history.

So, here is my question: How do you deal with creative license without betraying the truth?

For example, it’s easier for her to have one close friend in opposed to many different people in a narrative. But in doing so, does that not betray the truth of what happened?

I fell in love with the idea of the life of a young girl who was born in poverty, abused by her family, leaves for Hollywood, and then is only abused by that system – yet she still becomes the biggest star in pictures.

She was a woman that although she was the biggest box office draw in her day, the Hollywood elite would have nothing to do with her.

My question still is how important are facts in this kind of movie?

Tell us your opinion,
– Calvin B.

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