Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Claudette Colbert (1903-1996) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Émilie Claudette Chauchoin in Saint-Mandé, France, arrived in Manhattan a few years later. Her stage debut came at age fifteen at the Provincetown Playhouse in a play by her high school English teacher. Colbert's Broadway break came while attending the Art Students League of New York when acquaintance Anne Morrison offered her a role in her play The Wild Wescotts, which opened at the end of 1923. Colbert remained busy on Broadway in the late 1920s, scoring a major hit with The Barker (1927) co-starring Norman Foster, who became the first of her two husbands. Her film debut came in For the Love of Mike (1927), an experience that soured Colbert on the movies, that is until the movies began talking. In 1928 she signed with Paramount and appeared in a handful of movies filmed at their Astoria studios before making her Hollywood debut in Manslaughter (1930) opposite frequent co-star Fredric March. Ernst Lubitch's The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) became the first of a number of hits, soon followed by The Sign of the Cross (1932) for Cecil B. De Mille; Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), which earned Colbert her Academy Award and an entire new level of stardom; Cleopatra (1934) for De Mille again; and Imitation of Life (1934). Other hits remaining popular classics include Midnight (1939), John Ford's Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Boom Town (1940) with Gable and Tracy over at MGM, Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story (1942), So Proudly We Hail! (1943), and Since You Went Away (1944). Colbert left Paramount in 1945 but continued to freelance in films through the early 1950s, a decade that saw her turn to the small screen with a number of dramatic appearances in anthology series adaptations. She was back to Broadway in 1955, and earned a 1959 Tony nomination for her work in The Marriage-Go-Round. Colbert kept busy on Broadway in the early '60s, appeared in her final theatrical film Parrish (1961), and ultimately won a Golden Globe for her supporting performance in the 1987 NBC miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.
Birthday: September 13