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It Happened One Night (1934)
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Claudette Colbert was born in Paris and brought to the United States as a child three years later. Born Lily Claudette Chauchoin, she went to high school in New York. She was studying at the Art Students League when, in 1923, she took the name Claudette Colbert for her first Broadway role in "The Wild Westcotts". Her most noteworthy stage vehicle was the "The Barker" in 1927. Her first film was a silent For the Love of Mike (1927), directed by Frank Capra. Made on a shoestring, the movie was a flop, and she vowed that it would be her last film role: "I only left Broadway when the crash came. The Depression killed the theater, and the pictures were manna from heaven". She had her first film success the next year, however, in The Lady Lies (1929). Her early notable films were all box-office hits and included Cleopatra (1934), in which she played the title role enticingly. She had her greatest triumph playing a runaway heiress, with enormous charm, opposite Clark Gable in Capra`s comedy It Happened One Night (1934), for which she won the Academy Award as Best Actress. By 1938 her keen ability in business made her the highest paid star in Hollywood. By 1950, though, her star had begun to wane. She returned to the stage in 1956 when she replaced Margaret Sullavan during the spring and summer in the comedy "Janus". Appearances in other Broadway productions followed, including "The Marriage-Go-Round". Besides the stage, she did TV specials and had a supporting role in a notable TV movie, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) (TV), for which she received a Golden Globe award. In 1989 she was presented with a Life Achievement award from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She married actor Norman Foster in 1928, although they never lived together and were divorced after seven years. She married surgeon Dr. Joel Pressman soon after and remained married until his death in 1968. In recent years she divided her time between an apartment in New York and a 200-year-old plantation house in Speightstown, Barbados, where she entertained such guests as Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan. She remained on Barbados after her stroke three years ago.
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Emilie Claudette Chauchoin
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Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, George Cukor, Constance Bennett, Dolores Del Rio, William Haines, Katharine Hepburn, Bennett Cerf, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Davis, Kay Francis, Dominick John Dunne, Joan Bennett, Edith Goetz, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Sophie Gimbel, Bill Blass
Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty (Bernard F. Dick), Claudette Colbert : An Illustrated Biography (lawrence quirk), The Power of Glamour: The Women Who Defined the Magic of Stardom (annette tapert), The Paramount Pretties (james robert parrish), Great Movie Actresses (philip strick), Hollywood's Great Love Teams (james robert parrish), Fast-Talking Dames (Maria DiBattista)
Jeanne Loew Chauchoin
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Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was an American film actress and a leading lady in Hollywood for over two decades, and has been called "The mixture of inimitable beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity".
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Heart-shaped face, her High, Sweeping Brows and her Signature Bangs
(1949) Magazine advertisement: Chesterfield cigarettes, (1963) TV commercial: Maxwell House coffee, Pan-American Coffee Bureau (1952)
1919–1965, 1974–1987, 1925–65, 1974–87
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