Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty [NOOK Book]

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Claudette Colbert's mixture of beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity quickly made her one of the film industry's most famous and highest-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s. Though she began her career on the New York stage, she was beloved for her roles in such films as Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story, Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, and Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, for which she won an Academy Award. She showed remarkable prescience by becoming one of the first Hollywood stars to embrace ...

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Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty

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Overview

Claudette Colbert's mixture of beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity quickly made her one of the film industry's most famous and highest-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s. Though she began her career on the New York stage, she was beloved for her roles in such films as Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story, Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, and Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, for which she won an Academy Award. She showed remarkable prescience by becoming one of the first Hollywood stars to embrace television, and she also returned to Broadway in her later career.

This is the first major biography of Colbert (1903-1996) published in over twenty years. Bernard F. Dick chronicles Colbert's long career, but also explores her early life in Paris and New York. Along with discussing how she left her mark on Broadway, Hollywood, radio, and television, the book explores Colbert's lifelong interests in painting, fashion design, and commercial art. Using correspondence, interviews, periodicals, film archives, and other research materials, the biography reveals a smart, talented actress who conquered Hollywood and remains one of America's most captivating screen icons.

Bernard F. Dick is professor of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars; Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood; Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (University Press of Mississippi); and other books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604733297
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 579,178
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bernard F. Dick is professor of Communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars; Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood; Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (University Press of Mississippi); and other books.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Lily of Saint-Mande 1

Ch. 2 Becoming Claudette Colbert 15

Ch. 3 Commuting to Work 36

Ch. 4 "Ready When You Are, C. B." 58

Ch. 5 That Wonderful Year 77

Ch. 6 A Night to Remember 100

Ch. 7 The End of a Modern Marriage 109

Ch. 8 Life after Oscar 121

Ch. 9 Blaze of Noon 146

Ch. 10 Claudette and the "Good War" 167

Ch. 11 Slow Fade to Legend 179

Ch. 12 The Last Picture Shows 201

Ch. 13 The Long Voyage Home 215

Ch. 14 She's Back on Broadway 231

Ch. 15 The Stigma 247

Ch. 16 Slow Fade to Black 263

Ch. 17 Envoi 284

Broadway Plays 299

Major Radio Appearances 300

Major Television Appearances 302

Filmography 303

Source Notes 305

Index 319

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