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Claudette Colbert

Born: September 13, 1903, Saint-Mandé, France
Died: July 30, 1996, Speightstown, Barbados

Claudette Colbert was a French-born American stage and film actress. Her birth name was Émilie Claudette Chauchoin.

What do you know about Claudette Colbert? Try this Quick Quiz.

1. When did her family emigrated to New York City?

  • 1905
  • 1906
  • 1909

2. What film was Colbert's only silent film and a box office failure?

  • For the Love of Mike
  • They Came Home
  • France for Ever

3. In 1928, what studio did she sign a film contract with?

  • M-G-M
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Warner Studios

4. Her first sound film was The Hole in the Wall (1929). What newcomer was her co-star?

  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Gary Cooper
  • Sonny James

5. Colbert won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role. What was the film?

  • It Happened One Night (1935)
  • Private Worlds (1936)
  • Since You Went Away (1945)

6. In 1936, she signed a new contract with Paramount Pictures, which required her to make seven films over a two year period, and this contract made her Hollywood's highest paid actress. This was followed by a contract renewal in 1938, after which she was reported to be the highest paid performer in Hollywood with a salary of $426,924.

  • True or False?

7. In 1939 she made her first color film with Henry Fonda. What was the movie?

  • Drums Along the Mohawk
  • They Came Home to Me
  • I Remember Ethel

8. During this time she began acting for FOX' popular Lux Radio Theater, making numerous appearances between 1935 and 1954.

  • True or False?

9. In 1928, Colbert married Norman Foster, an actor and director, who appeared with Colbert in the Broadway show The Barker. However, she and her first husband lived apart, never sharing a home together in Hollywood, supposedly because Colbert's mother disliked Foster and wouldn't allow him into their home. Colbert and Foster divorced in 1935, and in December of that year, Colbert married Dr. Joel Pressman, a surgeon at UCLA. How long did the marriage last?

  • 13 years
  • 23 years
  • 33 years

10. What was her last film in 1961?

  • Parrish
  • Texas Lady
  • The Planter's Wife

11. Where is Claudette Colbert buried?

  • Episcopal Church of Heavenly, New York City, NY
  • St. John Cemetery, Manhattan, NY
  • Parish of St. Peter Cemetery, Barbados

Claudette Colbert Answer

  1. 1906
  2. For the Love of Mike
  3. Paramount Pictures
  4. Edward G. Robinson
  5. It Happened One Night (1935)
  6. True
  7. Drums Along the Mohawk
  8. False. It was CBS' popular Lux Radio Theater.
  9. 33 years. The marriage lasted until Pressman's death of liver cancer in 1968.
  10. Parrish
  11. Angels on your pillowParish of St. Peter Cemetery, Barbados

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