Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker
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BirthplaceRowena, Texas
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NationalityAmerican

Bonnie and Clyde,

Bonnie Parker, 1910–34, b. Rowena, Tex., and Clyde Barrow, 1909–34, b. Tellice, Tex., notorious American criminals during the Great DepressionGreat Depression,
in U.S. history, the severe economic crisis generally considered to have been precipitated by the U.S. stock-market crash of 1929. Although it shared the basic characteristics of other such crises (see depression), the Great Depression was unprecedented in its
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. Joining forces in 1932, they traveled the Southwest and Midwest in a 21-month crime spree, robbing small-town restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and banks; stealing cars; killing more than 10; and participating in several shoot-outs with police. Part of the time they were joined by Barrow's older brother, his wife, and other outlaws. In Louisiana, on May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were were ambushed in their car by police; both were shot and killed. Their activities were widely publicized, and the couple was both vilified and glamorized in contemporary reports; they became folk heroes for some. Their fame was renewed by Arthur PennPenn, Arthur Hiller,
1922–2010, American director, brother of Irving Penn, b. Philadelphia; studied Black Mountain College and the Actors' Studio, Los Angeles. Penn, who often dealt with themes of alienation in American life, began directing dramas for live television
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's fictionalized and largely sympathetic 1967 film version of their story.

Bibliography

See studies by N. A. DeFord (1968), E. R. Milner (1996), G. Shelton (1997), J. Treherne (2000), P. W. Steele and M. Barrow Scoma (2000), J. R. Knight and J. Davis (2003), B. C. Barrow and J. N. Phillips (2004), J. Guinn (2009), and P. Schneider (2009).

Bonnie and Clyde

(Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) bank robbers and killers (1930s). [Am. Hist.: Worth, 35]

Bonnie and Clyde

See Barrow, Clyde.
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Produced by Sony Pictures Television and from executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Steel Magnolias, The Bucket List, Oscar-winning Chicago), Bonnie & Clyde stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in the title roles and follows Barrow, Parker and the notorious Barrow Gang as they sweep through the Central and Southern United States committing small-time robberies and daring bank heists, leaving murdered police officers and civilians in their wake.
What we do know is that, in the words of the FBI, the Barrow gang carried out a "violent crime spree across the Midwest that included auto theft, bank robbery, theft from the federal government, and the murder of more than a dozen people, including many law enforcement officers" in 1930s America.
Fort Worth author and journalist Jeff Guinn dispels most of the romantic myths in an embracing biography of the Barrow Gang that draws us in like an old wanted poster.
Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) wreak havoc across Middle America as the gun-toting Barrow Gang, which also includes Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and his annoying sweetheart Blanche (Estelle Parsons).
Bonnie's role in the Barrow Gang crimes has long been a source of controversy, with gang members saying they never saw her fire a single shot.