Sunday, March 21, 2010
Claudette Colbert, Born in Saint-Mandé, France and raised in New York City, Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, then on to talking pictures. She had a successful film career with Paramount Pictures and became one of the highest paid actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in It Happened One Night (1934), she also received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1944). Her film career began to decline in the 1950s, and she made her last film in 1961. She continued to act in theater and briefly television during her later years. After a career of more than 60 years, Colbert retired to her home in Barbados. Colbert received theater awards from the Sarah Siddons Society and also received lifetime achievement awards from Kennedy Center Honors, and in 1999, the American Film Institute placed her at number 12 on their "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars" list of the "50 Greatest American Screen Legends".