Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert (1903 – 1996) was a French-born American actress, and a leading lady for two decades.

Colbert established herself as a femme fatale in two of Cecil B. DeMille's films, where she wore fetishistic costumes that enabled her to gradually remove successive layers of clothing. In the 1932 historical epic The Sign of the Cross she starred opposite Fredric March as the Roman empress Poppea. In Cleopatra (1934), she played the title role opposite Warren William and Henry Wilcoxon.

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night (1934), and also received Academy Award nominations for Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1944). With her round apple-face, Colbert was known as an expert screwball comedienne, but her dramatic range enabled her to easily encompass melodrama and to play characters ranging from vamps to housewives. During her successful career, Colbert starred in more than sixty movies. She was the industry's biggest box-office star in 1938 and 1942.

By the mid 1950s, she had largely retired from the screen in favor of television and stage work, earning a Tony Award nomination for The Marriage-Go-Round in 1959. For her television work in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination.

In 1999, the American Film Institute voted Colbert the "12th Greatest Female American Screen Legend" in cinema. [Wikipedia]

His Woman (1931)
The Wiser Sex (1932)

The Sign of the Cross (1932)

The Sign of the Cross (1932) French poster

Cleopatra (1934)

Cleopatra (1934) Spanish poster

Cleopatra (1934)

Four Frightened People (1934)

Imitation of Life (1934)

Imitation of Life (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

She Married Her Boss (1935)

The Gilded Lily (1935)

Under Two Flags (1936)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Zaza (1938)

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Midnight (1939)

It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Arise, My Love (1940)

Boom Town (1940)

Boom Town (1940)

Remember the Day (1941)

Skylark (1941)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

So Proudly We Hail (1943)

Since You Went Away (1944)

Tomorrow is Forever (1946)

The Egg and I (1947)

Sleep, My Love (1948)

Bride for Sale (1949)

Three Came Home (1950)

Texas Lady (1955)

Parrish (1961)

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