Palm Beach Story or I love you to death
Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:32 AM
As for Claudette Colbert's looks: I've never seen a more alluring Cleopatra -- and that includes Elizabeth Taylor.
Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:50 AM
Claudette is a favorite of mine as well, theoldieslover. Well -- since I've seen about three-quarters of her 63 films so far (and that's the most films I've seen of any other single actor), and I own more movies by her than any other actor as well -- I guess you could say that she is my number one favorite.
And I agree--she always looked younger than she was. She could be adorable--with that round face, large eyes, and button nose of hers--but she was also incredibly sexy. Likewise, her personality was a mix of both earthy and classy. While I think Claudette looked her most attractive pre-1944, she always maintained a good figure and aged gracefully throughout her later years. After she retired from film, she was doing Broadway plays at age 60 playing characters who were 40. I don't know why she was so averse to being photographed on her right side of her face--I think she's just as beautiful from that side--but I guess every actor has their insecurities. And considering that their faces appear on two-storey high screens, I suppose that's understandable.
If you're a fan of hers, I recommend the book "Claudette Colbert: She Walked In Beauty" by Bernard F. Dick. I learned a lot about her that I didn't know in that book. For instance, at age 13 she was hit by a truck, which broke her ankle, knee, and back! She spent four months in bed, immobile, and another five months after that walking around with crutches, then a cane. Although nobody could have imagined she'd walk again, Claudette made a full recovery in a year. Back injuries did plague her on and off throughout her life, however, and she even had to give up a few roles she wanted because of it. Still, her accomplishments both on and off the screen are inspiring.
My top five favorite romantic comedies of Claudette's are: Midnight, It's a Wonderful World, No Time For Love, It Happened One Night, and Palm Beach Story. She's also done a lot of great dramas, historical epics, and thrillers.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:04 AM
Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:58 PM
The few times she let her hair down (i.e. where it looked natural), she looked younger and less like someone's mother.
The Palm Beach Story is a great movie and very funny.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:59 AM
I like Palm Beach Story because it's just really cute. But then, I have loved all of Claudette Colbert movies. I love the movies she did when she was in her 20's and I loved the movies she did when she was in her 50's. And, you notice she always looked so young. When she was 35; she looked 20. When she was 45; she looked 30. When she was 55; she looked about 38!!! So, she could portray someone older with make-up or she could still play someone young.
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