Claudette Colbert

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Claudette Colbert

Born

9/13/1903, Paris, France

Died

7/30/1996

Birth Name

Lily Claudette Chauchoin

Gender

Female
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Biography

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One of the brightest film stars to grace the silver screen was born Lily Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903 in Paris, Seine, France. Her banker father moved the family to the United States when she was three. As she grew up, Claudette wanted nothing more than to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Claudette was originally intended to star in The Women (1939) as Mary Haines, but MGM bought the rights to the play as a vehicle for Norma Shearer, who was given the role.

    • Claudette turned down the role of Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve (1941) despite director Preston Sturges' personal interest in her playing the part, and it went to Barbara Stanwyck.

    • Claudette turned down the role of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940) and the part went to Rosalind Russell.

    • Claudette turned down the role of Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) and the part went to Bette Davis.

    • Claudette's Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934) was auctioned by Christie's on June 9, 1997. It did not sell, as no bids were made for it.

    • Claudette was the subject of a magazine ad for Coca Cola in 1933.

    • Claudette sang in a number of her movies, including:

      The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
      Torch Singer (1933)
      Under Two Flags (1936)
      Tovarich (1937)
      Boom Town (1940)
      Arise, My Love (1940)
      Since You Went Away (1944)

    • Claudette's milk-bath scene in The Sign Of The Cross (1932) took a week to film. Director Cecil B. DeMille kept trying to see her nude when getting out of the bath but was disappointed by Colbert's assistants covering her with towels as she got out.

    • Claudette's second film and first talking picture, The Hole In The Wall (1929), also had her co-starring with another newcomer to cinema, Edward G. Robinson.

    • Claudette seldom allowed the right side of her profile to be filmed, having a bump showing as the result of a childhood broken nose.

    • Claudette's measurements: 32 1/2B-25-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth Magazine)

    • Claudette was married twice, to Norman Foster fom March 13, 1928 to August 1935, and to Dr. Joel Pressman from December 24, 1935 to his death on February 26, 1968.

    • Claudette appeared in a television commercial for Maxwell House Coffee in 1963.

    • Claudette won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for "The Two Mrs. Greenvilles" in 1987.

    • Claudette appeared in magazine ads for Chesterfield cigarettes in 1949.

    • Claudette won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for "The Two Mrs. Greenvilles" in 1987.

    • Claudette was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special in the "The Two Mrs. Greenvilles" in 1987.

    • Claudette won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for It Happened One Night (1934) and was nominated twice for the same award for Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1944).

    • Claudette was placed on the Greatest Female Lead Actors list by the American Film Institute, on June 16, 1999, coming in at #12.

    • Claudette has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, at 6810 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Claudette was 5 feet 4 and 1/2 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Claudette Colbert: I know what's best for me, after all I have been in the Claudette Colbert business longer than anybody.

    • Claudette Colbert: I've always believed that acting is instinct to start with; you either have it or you don't.

    • Claudette Colbert: Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother.

    • Claudette Colbert: Most of us don't know happiness until it's over.

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