Claudette Colbert (I) (1903–1996)

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One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up, she wanted nothing more than to play to ... See full bio »


(age 92) in Speightstown, Barbados

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

It Happened One Night Ellie Andrews
So Proudly We Hail! Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Nicole De Loiselle
Since You Went Away Anne Hilton


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 1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Mini-Series)
Alice Grenville
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Alice Grenville
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Alice Grenville
 1961 Parrish
Ellen McLean
 1957-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Beth Brayden / Lucy Bradford
- So Young the Savage Land (1960) ... Beth Brayden
- Blood in the Dust (1957) ... Lucy Bradford
 1959 The Bells of St. Mary's (TV Movie)
Sister Benedict
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
Elizabeth Harper
- Welcome to Washington (1958) ... Elizabeth Harper
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Edith Miller
- The Last Town Car, Part 2 (1958) ... Edith Miller
- The Last Town Car, Part 1 (1958) ... Edith Miller
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- Novel Appeal (1957) ... Mary Roberts Rinehart
 1956 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Ruth Condomine
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Ruth Condomine
- Blithe Spirit (1956) ... Ruth Condomine
 1955 Texas Lady
Prudence Webb
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Sister Cecilia / Dr. Jane Everest
- The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia (1955) ... Sister Cecilia
- Private Worlds (1955) ... Dr. Jane Everest
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Elizabeth Hopkins / Lorna Gilbert
- While We're Young (1955) ... Elizabeth Hopkins
- Magic Formula (1955) ... Lorna Gilbert
 1954-1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Actress / Julie Cavendish
- The Guardsman (1955) ... Actress
- The Royal Family (1954) ... Julie Cavendish
 1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles
Madame de Montespan
 1954 Daughters of Destiny
Elizabeth Whitefield (segment "Elisabeth")
 1952 Outpost In Malaya
Liz Frazer
 1951 Let's Make It Legal
Miriam Halsworth
 1951 Thunder on the Hill
Sister Mary Bonaventure
 1950 The Secret Fury
Ellen Ewing
 1950 Three Came Home
Agnes Newton Keith
 1949 Bride for Sale
Nora Shelley
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Katie Armstrong Jordan
 1948 Sleep, My Love
Alison Courtland
 1947/I The Egg and I
 1946 The Secret Heart
Lee Addams
 1946 Without Reservations
Kit Madden
 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
Elizabeth Hamilton
 1945 Guest Wife
Mary Price
 1944 Practically Yours
Peggy Martin
 1944 Since You Went Away
Anne Hilton
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson
 1943 No Time for Love
Katherine Grant
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Gerry Jeffers
 1941 Remember the Day
Nora Trinell
 1941 Skylark
Lydia Kenyon
 1940 Arise, My Love
Augusta Nash
 1940 Boom Town
Betsy Bartlett
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Lana (Magdelana)
 1939 It's a Wonderful World
Edwina Corday
 1939 Midnight
Eve Peabody
 1938 Zaza
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Nicole De Loiselle
 1937 Tovarich
Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna Romanov
 1937 I Met Him in Paris
Kay Denham
 1937 Maid of Salem
Barbara Clarke
 1936 Under Two Flags
 1935 The Bride Comes Home
Jeannette Desmereau
 1935 She Married Her Boss
Julia Scott
 1935 Private Worlds
Dr. Jane Everest
 1935 The Gilded Lily
Marilyn David
 1934 Imitation of Life
Beatrice Pullman
 1934 Cleopatra
 1934 It Happened One Night
Ellie Andrews
 1934 Four Frightened People
Judy Jones
 1933 Torch Singer
Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
 1933 Three Cornered Moon
Elizabeth Rimplegar
 1933 I Cover the Waterfront
Julie Kirk
 1933 Tonight Is Ours
Princess Nadya
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
Empress Poppaea
 1932 The Phantom President
Felicia Hammond
 1932 Make Me a Star
Claudette Colbert (uncredited)
 1932 The Man from Yesterday
Sylvia Suffolk
 1932 The Misleading Lady
Helen Steele
 1932 The Wiser Sex
Margaret Hughes
 1931 His Woman
Sally Clark
 1931 Secrets of a Secretary
Helen Blake
 1931 The Smiling Lieutenant
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
Julia Traynor
 1930 L'énigmatique Monsieur Parkes
Lucy Stavrin
 1930 La grande mare
Barbara Billings
 1930 Manslaughter
Lydia Thorne
 1930 The Big Pond
Barbara Billings
 1930 Young Man of Manhattan
Ann Vaughn
 1929 The Lady Lies
Joyce Roamer
 1929 The Hole in the Wall
Jean Oliver
 1927 For the Love of Mike
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Patricia Mason") in "Fast Life" on Broadway. Melodrama. Written by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer. Directed by A.H. Van Buren. Ambassador Theatre: 26 Sep 1928-Oct 1928 (closing date unknown/21 performances). Cast: C. Edwin Brandt, John Burch, Irene Cattell (as "Christina Johnson"), Goo Chong, Jean Clarendon, Don... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 8 Interviews | 27 Articles | 8 Pictorials | 31 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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I'd been in kind of a rut playing nice, long-suffering heroines. I was bored with those roles, but because I happened to look like a lady, that's all they wanted me to play. Working with DeMille opened up a whole other field; they realized I could look sexy. See more »


Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 111-112. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 See more »


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