Born Henry O'Hara, Australia.
Childhood spent on a sheep ranch outside Melbourne. He left,
making his way as a magician. Came to Hollywood and acted in
silent films. Early 1920's, began painting Ziegfeld Girls, then
big stars (Gloria Swanson, Polga Negri) for promo campaigns (e.g.
free lunch boxes for moviegoers). Was art director for Charlie
Chaplin productions and even played a villain in City Lights.
Pastels for the slicks True Confessions, Screen Play, Theatre and
began doing American Weeklies for Hearst, an association that
lasted from the '30s to the '50s. His pretty girl pastels also
graced many a makeup tin and pencil box. He also did calendar
girls. Ad work for Vivadou, Servel Refrigerators. One of the few
illustrators not to stay married and tied the knot six times!
Clive's paintings are prized by collectors, but are rare, as only
a few are known to exist.
Weekly 24 May 1952 -- Clive, Henry 001
Weekly 1 February 1942 -- Clive, Henry 002
Joyful Eyeful -- Clive, Henry 00
Magazine 1920 December -- Clive, Henry 004