One half of the infamous "Bonnie and Clyde"
Married Roy Thornton at aged 16, but when he was sent to prison for life, she took up with Clyde Barrow, whom she met in a cafe in Dallas.
Helped Clyde Barrow escape from Huntsville Prison when she smuggled a gun in to him, and from there, began their infamous crime spree, which resulted in them both being shot dead on May 23, 1934.
Is portrayed by Faye Dunaway in an Oscar-nominated performance in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
Was terrified of thunderstorms. Clyde Barrow's sister-in-law, Blanche Caldwell-Barrow, recalled in her book that during one storm, Bonnie covered her face with a pillow to block out the lightning and cried that she wanted to go home to her mother.
When she was on the run with Clyde Barrow and his gang, she hated cooking and refused to do dishes, so Clyde often had to cook their food himself.
Was badly burned in a car wreck in 1933 when Clyde Barrow crashed their car. Clyde ran to get his brother Buck and sister-in-law Blanche to come help because he was worried Bonnie was dying. Afterwards, Bonnie had to be carried around because she couldn't run.
Subject of the songs "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" by Merle Haggard (1968) and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" by Georgie Fame (1967).
Parker's and Clyde Barrow's separate funeral services respectively drew crowds of 20,000 and 15,000 in May 1934. One of the attendees at each funeral was telephone company employee Ellery Douglass Benton, father of writer-director Robert Benton, who would go on to be Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde (1967) over thirty years later.