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CLAUDETTE COLBERT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Claudette Colbert was born in Paris, France September 13th, 1903, with the birth name was Émilie Chauchoinin Saint-Mandé.  In 1910, her family moved to New York City and she grew up speaking both French and English. 
 
In the 1920's, She studied fashion design and also began acting on Broadway after meeting a playwright at a party.  Her first role was on, "The Wild Wescotts" (1923) and soon after she adopted the name Claudette Colbert as her stage name. 
 
During a performance on stage in, "The Barker" (1927), she was discovered by agent, Leland Hayward.  She also at this time, met her first husband, Joel Pressman whom she married in 1928 and remained married to until his death in 1934.  Colbert was cast in the Frank Capra film, "For the Love of Mike" (1927) with Ben Lyon, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher and Ford Sterling, a silent film and her only silent to ever appear in.  Following this film, her first sound film was, "A Hole in the Wall" (1929) opposite Edward G. Robinson, which was her big break into the film industry for the next twenty years.  

She received good reviews for the next few years, appearing in 22 films, including, "The Sign of the Cross" (1932) starring with Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith, Charles Middleton, Nat Pendleton and Arthur Hohl, "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933) co-starring Ben Lyon, Ernest Torrance, Maurice Black, Purnell Pratt and Hobart Cavanaugh and "Torch Singer" (1933) also starring Ricardo Cortez and David Manners, Charlie Grapewin, Helen Jerome Eddy and Lyda Roberti.

Following her appearance in a social comedy, "Four Frightened People" (1934) with Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, Leo Carrillo and William Gargan, Colbert hit the jackpot in "Cleopatra", "Imitation of Life" and "It Happened One Night" (all 1934) starring alongside Clark Gable, Walter Connolly, Alan Hale Sr., Arthur Hoyt, Ward Bond, Jameson Thomas and Roscoe Karns and the latter being her most-remembered film which also won an unexpected Oscar and she earned, $50,000.  She also received an Oscar Nomination for, "Private Worlds" (1935) also starring Charles Boyer, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, Esther Dale, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Helen Vinson and Stanley Andrews.

Colbert was one of the screens leading comediennes with continued success in, "She Married Her Boss" opposite Melvyn Douglas, "The Gilded Lily" co-starring Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland and C. Aubrey Smith, "The Bride Comes Home" with Fred MacMurray, Robert Young and Edgar Kennedy, (all 1935), "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" (1938) starring with Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn and David Niven, "It's a Wonderful World" starring with James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Ernest Truex, Andy Clyde, Sidney Blackmer, Frances Drake and Edgar Kennedy and "The Delicious Midnight" (both 1939).  By 1938, she was the highest paid star in Hollywood with a salary of $426,924.

In 1940, Colbert turned down a seven-year contract for $200,000 a year, realizing that she could make $150,000 per film on her own.  Her brother became her manager and some of the films she made in the 40's were, "Boom Town" (1940) co-starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, "Arise, My Love" (1940) starring Ray Milland, Dennis Okeefe, Walter Abel, Dick Purcell, George Zucco and Frnk Puglia, a leading role in "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), "So Proudly We Hail" (1943), "Since You Went Away" (1944) starring with Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Craig Stevens, Guy Madison, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel, Monty Wooley, Keenan Wynn and Agnes Moorehead and "Tomorrow is Forever" (1946) co-starring Orson Welles, George Brent, Richard Long, Lucille Watson, John Wengraf and Natalie Wood.  She received another Academy Award nomination for " Since You Went Away". 
 
She also managed to work on dramatic films as well such as, "Maids of Salem" (1937) and "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939) starring with Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Ward Bond, Robert Lowery and John Carradine.  Throughout World War II, Colbert continued to work in the entertainment industry on other comedies such as, "No Time For Love" (1943) and "Guest Wife" (1945).

She received her third best actress nomination for her role on, "Since You Went Away" (1944).  After the war, two more hit comedy films were under her belt, "Without Reservations" (1946) starring with John Wayne, Don DeFore, Charles Arnt, Frank Puglia, Anne Triola, Thurston Hall, Louella Parsons, Frank Wilcox, with Jack Benny and Cary Grant in cameo roles and "The Egg and I" (1947) co-starring Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Victor Potel, Elizabeth Risdon and John Forrest 'Fuzzy' Knight.  Her career was beginning to fizzle but she had a couple more starring roles in some drama films such as, "The Secret Heart" (1946), "The Thriller Sleep", "My Love" (1948), and Three Came Home" (1950).

Claudette's last starring film was, "Texas Lady" (1955) and her last major appearance was in "Parish" (1961).

Colbert found more opportunities on the stage instead. She earned a 1959 Tony nomination for her work on Broadway in "The Marriage-Go-Round" (1958) and also appeared on stage in, "Janus" (1956), "The Irregular Verb to Love" (1963), "The KingFisher" (1978) and "Aren't We All" (1985).  She continued to tour right through the 1980's.  In 1987 Colbert appeared in a two-part CBS TV miniseries, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles". 

Claudette appeared in several television shows during her illustrious career including many anthology series such as "The Best of Broadway" (1954-1955), "The Ford Television Theatre" (1955), "Climax!" (1954-1955), "The Loretta Young Show" (1955), "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1956), "Ford Star Jubilee" (1956), "Playhouse 90" (1957), "Telephone Time" (1957), "General Electric Theater" (1954-1958), "Suspicion" (1958), "Colgate Theatre" (1958), "Frontier Justice" (1959), "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1959) and "Zane Grey Theatre" (1957-1960). 

In 1989, Colbert was honored with a Kennedy Center Award for lifetime Achievement.  She remains the only actress who starred in three Academy Award Best Picture nominees in the same year. 

After nearly 70 years as a performer, she announced her formal retirement in 1992. Her first husband was actor-director Norman Foster. They divorced in 1935, and she subsequently wed Dr. Joel Pressman, who died in 1968.

Colbert divided her time between her Barbados home and a Manhattan apartment.  She moved permanently to Barbados in 1993 after a series of strokes. She died there on July 30, 1996. She was 92. She is buried in Barbados.
 

Filmography
 
1927   For the Love of Mike
1929   The Hole in the Wall
1929   The Lady Lies
1930   Young Man of Manhattan
1930   The Big Pond
1930   Manslaughter
1930   La Grande mare
1930   L’Énigmatique Monsieur Parkes
1931   Honor Among Lovers
1931   The Smiling Lieutenant
1931   Secrets of a Secretary
1931   His Woman
1932   The Wiser Sex
1932   Misleading Lady
1932   The Man from Yesterday
1932   The Phantom President
1932   The Sign of the Cross
1933   Tonight Is Ours
1933   I Cover the Waterfront
1933   Three-Cornered Moon
1933   Torch Singer
1934   Four Frightened People
1934   It Happened One Night
1934   Cleopatra
1934   Imitation of Life
1935   The Gilded Lily
1935   Private Worlds
1935   She Married Her Boss
1935   The Bride Comes Home
1936   Under Two Flags
1937   Maid of Salem
1937   I Met Him in Paris
1937   Tovarich
1938   Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife
1939   Zaza
1939   Midnight
1939   It’s a Wonderful World
1939   Drums Along the Mohawk
1940   Boom Town
1940   Arise, My Love
1941   Skylark
1941   Remember the Day
1942   The Palm Beach Story
1943   No Time for Love
1943   So Proudly We Hail!
1944   Since You Went Away
1944   Practically Yours
1945   Guest Wife
1946   Tomorrow Is Forever
1946   Without Reservations
1946   The Secret Heart
1947   The Egg and I
1948   Sleep, My Love
1949   Family Honeymoon
1949   Bride for Sale
1950   Three Came Home
1950   The Secret Fury
1951   Thunder on the Hill
1951   Let’s Make It Legal
1952   The Planter’s Wife
1954   Destinées
1954   Si Versailles m’était conté
1955   Texas Lady
1961   Parrish
1965   The Love Goddesses 





Matinee Classics - Since You Went Away starring Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Monty Woolley,  Lionel Barrymore, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel, Agnes Moorehead, Nazimova, Albert Bassermann, Gordon Oliver, Keenan Wynn, Guy Madison, Craig Stevens, Lloyd Corrigan and Jackie Moran
Matinee Classics - Claudette Colbert
Matinee Classics - Without Reservations starring John Wayne, Claudette Colbert, Don DeFore, Anne Triola, Phil Brown, Frank Puglia, Thurston Hall, Donna Drake, Fernando Alvarado, Charles Arnt, Louella Parsons and Frank Wilcox
Matinee Classics - Boom Town starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Lionel Atwill, Chill Wills, Marion Martin, Minna Gombell, Joe Yule, Horace Murphy, Roy Gordon, Richard Lane, Casey Johnson and Baby Quintanilla and Frank Morgan
Matinee Classics - The Sign of the Cross starring Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith, Arthur Hohl, Harry Beresford, Tommy Conlon, Vivian Tobin, Ferdinand, William Mong, Joyzelle Joyner, Richard Alexander, Nat Pendleton, Charles Middleton and Clarence Burton
Matinee Classics - I Cover the Waterfront starring Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence, Hobart Cavanaugh, Maurice Black, Purnel Platt, Harry Beresford and Wilfred Lucas
Matinee Classics - I Cover the Waterfront starring Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence, Hobart Cavanaugh, Maurice Black, Purnel Platt, Harry Beresford and Wilfred Lucas
Matinee Classics - Since You Went Away starring Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Monty Woolley,  Lionel Barrymore, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel, Agnes Moorehead, Nazimova, Albert Bassermann, Gordon Oliver, Keenan Wynn, Guy Madison, Craig Stevens, Lloyd Corrigan and Jackie Moran
Matinee Classics - Imitation of Life starring Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Juanita Quigley, Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing, Franklin Pangborn and Jane Withers
Matinee Classics - So Proudly We Hail! starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves, Barbara Britton, Walter Abel, Sonny Tufts, Mary Servoss, Ted Hecht, John Litel, Dr. Hugh Ho Chang, Mary Treen, Kitty Kelly, Helen Lynd, Lorna Gray, Dorothy Adams, Ann Doran, Jean Willes, Lynn Walker, Joan Tours, Mimi Doyle, James Bell and Dick Hogan


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