Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 348 pages
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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Well researched and easy to read book on Colbert of whom I knew very little about except her films. Did not realize anything about the strong influence her mother had (even forcing her first husband ... Read full review

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Am I sorry I bought this one. Dick as a writer has all the excitement of watching that proverbial grass grow. He plods through her life and falls back on the solace of the inept Hollywood biographer ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Lily of SaintMandé
1
Chapter 2 Becoming Claudette Colbert
15
Chapter 3 Commuting to Work
36
Chapter 4 Ready When You Are C B
58
Chapter 5 That Wonderful Year
77
Chapter 6 A Night to Remember
100
Chapter 7 The End of a Modern Marriage
109
Chapter 8 Life after Oscar
121
Chapter 13 The Long Voyage Home
215
Chapter 14 Shes Back on Broadway
231
Chapter 15 The Stigma
247
Chapter 16 Slow Fade to Black
263
Chapter 17 Envoi
284
Broadway Plays
299
Major Radio Appearances
300
Major Television Appearances
302

Chapter 9 Blaze of Noon
146
Chapter 10 Claudette and the Good War
167
Chapter 11 Slow Fade to Legend
179
Chapter 12 The Last Picture Shows
201
Filmography
303
Source Notes
305
Index
319
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Bernard F. Dick, Teaneck, New Jersey, 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"; "Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty"; and several other books.

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