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


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

Chapter 9 Blaze of Noon
Chapter 10 Claudette and the Good War
Chapter 11 Slow Fade to Legend
Chapter 12 The Last Picture Shows
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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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