Taylor Swift sparks excitement from silent film legend Clara Bow’s family over special tribute in upcoming album Tortured Poets Department

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift dropped the track list to her upcoming album, Tortured Poets Department – with one song named after the silent film star: Clara Bow.

One of the late actress’ descendants, great-granddaughter Brittany Grace Bell, spoke about the special tribute and told TMZ in an article published on Friday that the family is excited that her ‘name can live on.’

On Tuesday, the Love Story songstress, 34, released the full tracklist of 17 songs for the album – which will be available later this year on April 19.

Bell informed the outlet that both she and her family hope the attention given to the song can help shine a spotlight on Clara’s many talents and achievements throughout her life.

Brittany added that while Swift and her team never reached out before naming the track, she was excited about the special tribute.

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift (34) dropped the track list to her upcoming album, Tortured Poets Department - with one song named after silent film star Clara Bow;  seen at the 2024 Grammy Awards in LA earlier this month

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift (34) dropped the tracklist to her upcoming album, Tortured Poets Department – with one song named after silent film star Clara Bow; seen earlier this month at the 2024 Grammy Awards in LA

One of the late actress' descendants, great-granddaughter Brittany Grace Bell, spoke out about the special tribute, telling TMZ in an article published on Friday that the family is excited that her 'name can live on';  seen in 1927

One of the late actress’ descendants, great-granddaughter Brittany Grace Bell, spoke out about the special tribute, telling TMZ in an article published on Friday that the family is excited that her ‘name can live on’; seen in 1927

She also explained that she was curious about what inspired the title.

Bow’s great-granddaughter told TMZ she would love it if the award-winning singer’s team could contact her to discuss the meaning and “backstory” behind the track.

However, just like many other Taylor Swift fans, Brittany came up with her own theory about the name of the song Clara Bow.

She stated that the artist’s career is similar in terms of being in the spotlight and media attention, as was Bow during the height of her career in the 1920s and also through part of the 1930s.

Bell also commented on Taylor’s recent appearance at the 66th Grammy Awards this past weekend – where she notably announced the upcoming album on stage.

When it came to accessorizing the eye-catching white Schiaparelli dress, the beauty notably sported shimmering silver necklaces as well as a sparkling black watch.

Clara also wore a watch as a necklace with pearls while posing for a photo circa 1925.

Brittany expressed her interest in the publication if Bow’s previous look was also inspiration for Taylor’s own Grammys outfit.

After the playlist dropped to the Tortured Poets section, Bell explained that she believed Clara would be more than happy if “her family name lived on.”

On Tuesday, the Love Story songstress, 34, released the full tracklist of 17 songs for the album - which will be available later this year on April 19.

On Tuesday, the Love Story songstress, 34, released the full tracklist of 17 songs for the album – which will be available later this year on April 19.

Brittany added that while Swift and her team never released the title of the track, she expressed her curiosity about what inspired naming it after the silent film star;  seen in 1920

Brittany added that while Swift and her team never released the title of the track, she expressed her curiosity about what inspired naming it after the silent film star; seen in 1920

Bell also commented on Taylor's recent appearance at the 66th Grammy Awards over the past weekend - where she notably announced the upcoming album on stage

When it came to accessorizing the eye-catching white Schiaparelli dress, the beauty notably sported shimmering silver necklaces as well as a sparkling black watch.  Clara also wore a watch as a necklace with pearls while posing for a photo circa 1925 (seen above)

Bell also commented on Taylor’s recent appearance at the 66th Grammy Awards over the past weekend – where she notably announced the upcoming album on stage

In closing, her great-granddaughter stated that she was looking forward to the release of the album to see the accompanying lyrics of the track.

Prominent in the silent film era, Clara Bow was not only classified as a sex symbol in the 1920s, but was also nicknamed ‘The It Girl’.

After working in silent films, she then began the transition to talkies in 1929. Some of the movies she starred in during her career included Mantrap (1926), Wings (1927) and Call Her Savage (1932).

Despite her success in Hollywood, the iconic actress also reportedly struggled with mental health and due to the pressures of working in the industry, she eventually retired in 1933.

Elaine Shepherd, who previously produced a documentary on Bow in 2012, told the BBC‘The studios were working her to death.’

“She was on piles of primitive pills to get her out of bed in the morning and to put her to sleep at night.”

‘Managers tried to exploit her as much as possible, tabloids wrote the most horrible lies about her, and she dealt with it all on her own, as a woman in her twenties,’ added Shepherd.

“She just found it too stressful,” Elaine continued, shutting down rumors that Clara had been ‘thrown out of Hollywood’.

Prominent in the silent film era, Clara Bow was not only classified as a sex symbol in the 1920s, but was also nicknamed 'The It Girl';  seen in 1928 for Paramount Pictures

Prominent in the silent film era, Clara Bow was not only classified as a sex symbol in the 1920s, but was also nicknamed ‘The It Girl’; seen in 1928 for Paramount Pictures

In 1931 she married Rex Bell and the two lived on a farm in Nevada.  The couple welcomed two children during the course of their marriage;  Clara and Rex seen in 1932

In 1931 she married Rex Bell and the two lived on a farm in Nevada. The couple welcomed two children during the course of their marriage; Clara and Rex seen in 1932

Before teasing her fans with the Tortured Poets Department tracklist, Swift announced the album at the Grammys this past weekend (seen above)

Before teasing her fans with the Tortured Poets Department tracklist, Swift announced the album at the Grammys this past weekend (seen above)

“When sound came in, she was paid large sums of money to do a few talks, and if she had had more support early on, she could have gone on to have a substantial career.”

In 1931 she married Rex Bell and the two lived on a farm in Nevada. The couple welcomed two children during the course of their marriage.

In September 1956, Bow died of a heart attack at the age of 60. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Before teasing her fans with the Tortured Poets Department tracklist, Swift announced the album at the Grammys this past weekend.

Swift kicked off more international dates of her Eras Tour at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, and will perform additional dates in the city through Saturday, February 10;  Seen in Tokyo on Wednesday

Swift kicked off more international dates of her Eras Tour at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, and will perform additional dates in the city through Saturday, February 10; Seen in Tokyo on Wednesday

Swift will attend Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, Feb. 11, to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas;  seen in Baltimore late last month

Swift will attend Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, Feb. 11, to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas; seen in Baltimore late last month

After the surprising revelation, fans were also quickly convinced that the title of the album refers to her ex, Joe Alwyn.

She made a milestone at the ceremony by becoming the first music artist to win four Album of the Year awards. The Bad Blood hitmaker also won for best pop vocal album for Midnights.

Swift kicked off more international dates of her Eras Tour at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, and will perform additional dates in the city through Saturday, February 10.

Her next concert is scheduled for February 16th in Melbourne, Australia – giving the singer some time to fly herself back to the United States just in time to watch the handsome Travis Kelce and the Chiefs take on Super on Sunday, February 11th Bowl LVIII participate.