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Clementine Carter is the titular yet minor character in the 1946 classic John Ford western My Darling Clementine. She's a fictional character created for the film as Doc Holliday's former girlfriend and eventually Tombstone's most recent teacher.

She was portrayed by Cathy Downs.

Why She Rocks

  1. Cathy Downs may only get a few minutes of screen time and doesn't get involved in the main plot, but the actress really made her performance memorable.
  2. As one of only two major women in the film (the other being Chihuahua), Clementine serves as an excellent foil to the wild dark-eyed dancing girl 'Apache' Chihuahua, as Clementine is Eastern and more fair and respectable.
  3. She's more than the traditional "hero's lover" archtype. There's the reason she's the titular character of the film. Despite having a very minor role in the film, she indirectly plays a large plot in the story as she's Holliday's as his former fiancée and the Eastern girl he left behind, which would him becoming an alcoholic.
  4. She also reasonably becomes the titular character of the film because during her search to reunite with her distant boyfriend she share her feelings with Wyatt Earp and winds up developing an strong, beautiful relationship with him in the process.
  5. Additionally, since the film takes its time with her rather than just try to build up the gunfight, we get to know her personality a bit more.
  6. By the end of the film, she's the final central character to still be in Tombstone, as the rest have either died or left town. And yet she decided to stay on as the new schoolmarm, giving her some hidden depths of her own. So in a way, she represents the new civilized Tombstone.
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