By Bernard F. Dick
Claudette Colbert's mix of good looks, sophistication, wit, and vivacity fast made her one of many movie industry's most famed and highest-paid stars of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties. even though she all started her occupation at the ny level, she was once loved for her roles in such motion pictures as Preston Sturges's The Palm seashore tale , Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra , and Frank Capra's It occurred One evening , for which she gained an Academy Award. She confirmed awesome prescience by means of turning into one of many first Hollywood stars to include tv, and he or she additionally back to Broadway in her later profession.
This is the 1st significant biography of Colbert (1903-1996) released in over two decades. Bernard F. Dick chronicles Colbert's lengthy occupation, but in addition explores her formative years in Paris and manhattan. besides discussing how she left her mark on Broadway, Hollywood, radio, and tv, the e-book explores Colbert's lifelong pursuits in portray, style layout, and advertisement paintings. utilizing correspondence, interviews, periodicals, movie records, and different learn fabrics, the biography unearths a wise, proficient actress who conquered Hollywood and is still certainly one of America's such a lot fascinating reveal icons.
Bernard F. Dick is professor of verbal exchange and English at Fairleigh Dickinson collage and is the writer of Hal Wallis: manufacturer to the celebs ; Engulfed: The demise of Paramount images and the start of company Hollywood ; ceaselessly Mame: The lifetime of Rosalind Russell (University Press of Mississippi); and different books.
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In “Part-Time Wife,” Claudette was quoted as saying: “Between a husband and a career, I’d choose a career”; “The most important requirements for a successful marriage are living apart and lack of jealousy”; and “Men will always have more freedom than women. ” Foster was labeled a “bachelor husband,” whose home was four blocks from Claudette’s. “It was Norman’s idea to live as they do and that they will continue to live that way,” Modern Screen reported in the February 1934 issue, which reached the stands a year before Claudette announced that their marriage was over.
Theater ownership proved less lucrative than he thought; the Apollo was sold to United Artists, which used it as a showcase for its films. He fared no better in New York; the Eltinge on West Forty-third Street was short lived, as was the Republic on Times Square, which became a movie theater renamed the Victory in the 1940s and is currently the New Victory, specializing in family-oriented stage productions. Woods was a colorful figure, a cigar smoker with a fondness for silk shirts and whose signature piece of jewelry was a large jade ring.
Metropolitan Opera stars such as Madame Schumann-Heink and Louise Homer dropped in on voice classes, and it was not uncommon for a famous actor or actress, such as Billie Burke, the future Glinda of The Wizard of Oz (1939), to attend one of the plays. The introductory music course was conducted in the auditorium, a rotunda with a horseshoe balcony. The instructor stood on the stage alongside a reproduction of the musical staff, pointing to the notes as a student played them on the piano. There was an active drama club, the Cynosure, that mounted productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, 12 LILY OF SAINT-MANDÉ The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado about Nothing, in addition to lessdemanding fare, often written by faculty members.