By Bernard F. Dick
Claudette Colbert's mix of attractiveness, sophistication, wit, and vivacity speedy made her one of many movie industry's most renowned and highest-paid stars of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties. notwithstanding she begun her occupation at the big apple level, she was once liked for her roles in such movies as Preston Sturges's The Palm seashore tale , Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra , and Frank Capra's It occurred One evening , for which she received an Academy Award. She confirmed notable prescience through turning into one of many first Hollywood stars to embody tv, and she or he additionally lower back to Broadway in her later profession.
This is the 1st significant biography of Colbert (1903-1996) released in over two decades. Bernard F. Dick chronicles Colbert's lengthy occupation, but in addition explores her adolescence in Paris and manhattan. besides discussing how she left her mark on Broadway, Hollywood, radio, and tv, the publication explores Colbert's lifelong pursuits in portray, model layout, and advertisement paintings. utilizing correspondence, interviews, periodicals, movie files, and different examine fabrics, the biography finds a sensible, proficient actress who conquered Hollywood and is still certainly one of America's so much desirable reveal icons.
Bernard F. Dick is professor of verbal exchange and English at Fairleigh Dickinson collage and is the writer of Hal Wallis: manufacturer to the celebrities ; Engulfed: The dying of Paramount photos and the delivery of company Hollywood ; perpetually Mame: The lifetime of Rosalind Russell (University Press of Mississippi); and different books.
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A whole new technique, a revolutionary approach for both Claudette and myself. ” Then there was the matter of the microphone, which could be placed anywhere: behind COMMUTING TO WORK 39 a curtain, in a vase of flowers, even in an actress’s décolletage. However, once Claudette and Robinson began to think of retakes as the movies’ equivalent of reblocking scenes, adding new dialogue, and refining line readings, they adapted quickly to the new medium. Claudette discovered she liked the experience; in many ways, a sound movie was like a play, except that it was generally shot out of sequence.
The pace may have been grueling, but she discovered, as she later told Virginia Bird, that she was willing to work much harder than she had at Washington Irving because she found something she loved. She had taken the right path; from now on, painting was her hobby. Perhaps her determination to succeed was influenced by her father’s repeated failures, from which she learned one important fact: The correct idiom is not to “pursue” a career, but to “build” one. Although Claudette did not appear on Broadway for two more years, she was by no means idle.
However, if Claudette is correct about the date of Grammar, December 1918, she probably was in her senior year. ” Although there is no record of such a production, As You Like It would have been in keeping with Cynosure’s predilection for Shakespeare. Virginia Bird was a student at Washington Irving when she interviewed Claudette in her dressing room during the brief run of The Mulberry Bush in October 1927. ” Claudette made the right choice: Washington Irving was the first New York City high school to have an art gallery.
Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty by Bernard F. Dick