Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990), was a film and theatre actress. She started out as a child fashion model and in several Broadway productions as a Ziegfeld Girl and she became a major star for Paramount Studio's in the 1940's.
She was married several times, her husbands were: Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, and Erich Maria Remarque.
Goddard, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, So Proudly We Hail! (1943).
"You live in the present and you eliminate things that don't matter. You don't carry the burden of the past. I'm not impressed by the past very much. The past bores me, to tell you the truth; it really bores me. I don't remember many movies and certainly not my own."
Video of Paulette Goddard with Charlie Chaplin.
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Paris Model(1953). Was directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Marilyn Maxwell, Paulette Goddard, Eva Gabor, Barbara Lawrence.
The story begins at the Parisian designer shop Elissa de France, Gogo Montaine, wants a special gown for a party, to impress the Maharajah of Kim-Kepore. Dress designer Lisa Jones, designs a copy of a beautiful dress called, "Nude at Midnight" and Gogo loves the dress and decides to charge the dress to a former lover, Louis-Jean Vacheron.
While at dinner, Gogo flirts with the Raj, who is not interested in her.
Later in the evening, while gambling, Gogo watches Raj flirt and leave with another woman. Gogo, decides to leave with Jean-Louis, promising to return the dress and his money. .
After arriving in New York, Lisa Jones, takes the dress she designed to Mason's, to be reproduced.
Attorney Edgar Blevins, is talking with his wife Cora, about an important dinner engagement and she wants a new dress, as Edgar's secretary, Betty Barnes who has eyes for her boss, listens to their conversation.
That afternoon, Betty shops at Mason's and asks the saleswoman for a sexy dress, telling her that she wants to take her boss away from his wife, not realizing that Cora is listening. The saleswoman shows Betty the dress "The Nude at Midnight," which Betty buys.
At dinner the following night, Edgar loves Betty's dress. Betty, nearly has him convinced to divorce his wife when Cora shows up wearing the same dress. Edgar, is captivated at the change in his wife and leaves with her. Leaving Betty, behind at the restaurant.
Marion Parmelee, shops for a special gown for the retirement party of her husband's boss, Patrick James "P. J." Sullivan, who designs designer beds. The sales clerk promises Marion, that the dress she likes, "Nude at Midnight," is a original copy of a copy of a Parisian design.
When Marion and Jack arrive at the party, P. J. loves Marion's beautiful gown. P. J. invites Marion to his private office to flirt with her, while Marion insists that P. J. pick Jack as his replacement. Nora, begins the evening's tributes and when Jack demonstrates the latest bed design, P. J. and Marion, roll out in in front of everyone. P. J. recovers and begins to announce his replacement, but Nora interrupts, saying that since her family started the business, she should be allowed to pick the next president.
Now in Hollywood, California, Marta Jensen celebrates her twenty-first birthday in the gown "Nude at Midnight" she purchased at a thrift shop for $19. She is hoping for proposal from her boyfriend, Charlie Johnson.
Charlie takes Marta to a fancy Restaurant and when he is refused a table, Prince Michael Romanoff, the restaurant owner, is taken with Marta beauty and finds the couple a private table. The only thing Charlie wants to talk about is sports cars. When playboy Johnny Grandville arrives, Marta talks about his nine marriages. Marta receives a note from the Maharajah of Kim-Kepore, asking her to have dinner with him. When she considers joining him, Charlie proposes to Marta.
I would call this a woman's picture and you may only want to watch it because of the actresses. Although.. I did enjoy watching Tom Conway, who was served very fancy dishes at the restaurant and wasn't to sure what to think of them.
She started her professional entertaining career as a radio singer while still a teenager before signing with MGM in 1942 as a contract player.
Among the programs in which she appeared was The Abbott and Costello Show.
Some of her film roles included Lost in a Harem (1944), Champion (1949), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958). "Silver Bells" made its debut in The Lemon Drop Kid, sung by Maxwell and Hope.
She acted in movies and on the stage throughout the 1950's.
In 1965, she performed in her best known role in the TV sitcom Green Acres, in which she played Lisa Douglas, the New York wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas played by Eddie Albert who left New York City to live on a farm. This was a hit show for six seasons, ending in 1971.
In later years, Gabor did voice-over work for Disney movies, providing the European-accented voices of Duchess in, The Aristocats, Miss Bianca in, The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, and the Queen of Time in, Nutcracker Fantasy.
She had a small part in the film, Captain from Castile(1947) with Tyrone Power.
While going to UCLA, she attracted the attention of talent scouts from, 20th Century Fox and she landed a parts in the films, A Letter to Three Wives, The Street with No Name, Thieves' Highway and Here Come the Nelsons.
After moving to MGM, Lawrence starred with Gig Young in the 3D movie, Arena.
She then starred in, Her Twelve Men with Greer Garson.
Lawrence also played the major role of Gertie Cummings in the film, Oklahoma!, in which she gets into a knockdown fight with Gloria Grahame.
In 1957, she starred in Kronos with Jeff Morrow, which eventually attracted a cult following for its story-line and special effects.