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Six things you didn't know about Bonnie and Clyde

From hidden marriages to Hollywood glamour shots, Bonnie and Clyde had a lot of secrets. 

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Bonnie and Clyde had tattoos for other lovers—Bonnie and Clyde made plenty of mistakes in their short lives (she died at 24, he at 25) and you can add misguided tattoos to that long list.

Bonnie really wanted to be a movie star—Born Oct. 1 (that makes her a Libra) in 1910, in Rowena, Texas, Bonnie Parker didn’t have an easy early life, but she had big dreams. And she tried hard to make those movie dreams by sending a set of glamour photos to Hollywood producers. 

Bonnie wrote poetry while they were on the run—One of her most famous poems is Suicide Sal.

Bonnie and Clyde both walked with a limp, but for different reasonsClyde was tortured in prison which caused him to cut off his own toe, and Bonnie's leg was brutally burned in a fiery car crash (Clyde was driving).

Bonnie and Clyde met, and briefly kidnapped, their own undertaker—This unbelievable but true story occurred about a year before they were killed. 

Bonnie was married, but not to Clyde—The legend of the outlaw lovers is fueled in part by the passion they had for each other, but Bonnie was legally married to another man the entire time.

These and other details about the intimate lives of Bonnie and Clyde are woven into the adventure story that imagines what might have happened if the outlaw lovers had survived—and become defenders of the working class.