Born in Paris, actress Claudette Colbert initially wanted to be a fashion designer. But after a move to the United States and a chance part in a Broadway play, her career path changed. She ... See full summary »

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Born in Paris, actress Claudette Colbert initially wanted to be a fashion designer. But after a move to the United States and a chance part in a Broadway play, her career path changed. She was cast as the female lead in Paramount Pictures' first ever talkie The Hole in the Wall (1929), which was only her second movie. Despite being cast alongside some of the most sought after leading men of the early 1930's, Claudette's roles were primarily overshadowed by her co-stars. Upon deciding to return to Broadway due to her lack of screen success, the studio began to reinvent her persona as the siren, which paid dividends to her screen popularity. Her title role in Cleopatra (1934) marked the true turning point to her becoming a movie star. Despite many considering Imitation of Life (1934) the crowning glory in her film career, she instead took home the Oscar for Best Actress that year for her comic turn in It Happened One Night (1934), which led to her being known as a versatile actress who ... Written by Huggo

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