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Claudette Colbert

the cutting your own hair thread inspires me to ask if there's a good biography of CC?

I went to a link on the hair thread and was fascinated by the trivia about her. Was she a lesbian? The last fact listed:

When Colbert died, she left no immediate family. The bulk of her estate was left to a friend, Helen O'Hagan, a retired director of corporate relations at Saks Fifth Avenue, whom Colbert had met in 1961 on the set of the her last film and who cared for Colbert following her 1993 strokes.

by Anonymousreply 16601/15/2014

Did Claudette have a flowbee?

by Anonymousreply 207/23/2010

She was married a couple times, but there were rumors of an affair with -- of all people -- Hattie McDaniel.

by Anonymousreply 307/23/2010

[quote]Did Claudette have a flowbee?

Ha ha. No. Some hair dresser trained her to cut it herself. And a makeup artist trained her to do her own make up.

by Anonymousreply 407/23/2010

I think she and Marlene had a thing in the '30s, there are several photos of them together - though Colbert later said she barely knew her, but they are both snapped together at a party with those other '30s swingers Cary Grant, Clifton Webb and Billy Haines, and the Countess De Frasso.

by Anonymousreply 507/23/2010

Go to the Susielee thread. She is a Hollywood insider on Classic Hollywood and her father was an actor. She said Claudette Colbert was a lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 607/23/2010

Not only WAS she a lesbian (is that David E at R1?), the National Enquirer declared it after her death with a story; even a small pic on the cover of the mag.

by Anonymousreply 707/23/2010

In a Vanity Fair profile of Joe Carstairs -- the tattooed, cross-dressing, speedboat-racing heiress who picked up women for most of the last century throughout the world, but especially in the Caribbean -- it was said that Claudette Colbert had an intense, on-and-off relationship with a woman who had a house next to hers on Barbados. I'm not sure if she knew Joe herself, who was close friends with Dietrich.

by Anonymousreply 907/23/2010

[quote]Yeah, that's why she was married [to men] a couple of times. I was married to several women, does that men I'm straight? eyeroll=shitstain.

by Anonymousreply 1007/23/2010

R8 homosexuals had to keep their lives in the closet especially in the Golden Era of Hollywood. Maybe she was bi? When her husband died, she was really heartbroken. Maybe they were just good companions? I'm not surprised that a lesbian especially from that era of Hollywood was married. The studios controlled every aspect of their lives, and if you were a homosexual they wanted you to get married to hide that factor. I remember reading once that one of the studios had the actors who were gay drink some sort of monkey serum thinking that would cure them of homosexuality.

by Anonymousreply 1107/23/2010

No, it means you're a bisexual whore r10/shitstain.

[quote]Maybe she was bi?

I'd believe that.

by Anonymousreply 1207/23/2010

[quote]Yeah, that's why she was married [to men] a couple of times.%0D %0D %0D Oh R8, you are such a card. I bet you are a sought after dinner party guest.

by Anonymousreply 1307/23/2010

Claudette Colbert was a lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 1407/23/2010

Keep telling yourself that r15. Homo = exclusively same sex.

Bisexual = swings both ways.

by Anonymousreply 1607/23/2010

She must have been bi, because she had relationships with both men and women. She did have an affair with Marlene Dietrich. But who didn't? Dietrich was a bi slut extraordinare.

by Anonymousreply 1707/23/2010

Oh, the under 30s who post here who know nothing of gay history. %0D %0D Darlings, you can be married to 10 men (or women), it doesn't mean you sleep with them. It doesn't make you "bi," that word you youngsters love to label lesbians with. %0D %0D Cole Porter, gayest of gay, Cole Porter (the composer), was MARRIED. A long time, to a woman. Still gay.

by Anonymousreply 1807/23/2010

[quote] I remember reading once that one of the studios had the actors who were gay drink some sort of monkey serum thinking that would cure them of homosexuality.%0D %0D Any idea where you read that, R11? It sounds fascinatingly insane.

by Anonymousreply 1907/23/2010

If she had a neck, I'd wring it!

by Anonymousreply 2007/23/2010

My God did that woman love snatch!

by Anonymousreply 2107/23/2010

I love "The Claudette Colbert Report"

by Anonymousreply 2207/23/2010

In someone's diary (Noel Coward?) they wrote that after Colbert's husband died she announced to all of her friends that her female friend was to be given all the consideration of a husband and that they were a couple and must be treated as such.

This occurred in that little enclave of celebrities in the Caribbean (Barbadoes or Jamaica).

After two marriages where she lived separate from her husbands, no one batted an eye...

by Anonymousreply 2307/23/2010

[quote]Oh, the under 30s who post here who know nothing of gay history.

I'm 43 now stfu.

by Anonymousreply 2407/23/2010

You might enjoy reading Diana McClennan's "The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood." She details the "sewing circle" of lesbians who worked in Hollywood, from Mercedes Acosta to Marlene Dietrich. It's a good, dishy, fun read. And also a good analysis of WHY and how they had to closet themselves.%0D %0D Link to a funny review below.

by Anonymousreply 2507/23/2010

any good biographies?

by Anonymousreply 2607/23/2010

Here's a picture of Claudette with Marlene Dietrich.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2707/23/2010

She was a massive pussy hound

by Anonymousreply 2807/23/2010

I had several husbands and was with my last dearest one when Mary and I go into that terrible accident with the taxi.

by Anonymousreply 2907/23/2010

quite friendly with the Reagans.

by Anonymousreply 3007/23/2010

Nancy Regan had a lot of gay friends.

by Anonymousreply 3107/23/2010

R3, that was Tallulah.

by Anonymousreply 3207/23/2010

[quote]Last time I checked the use of gay to describe people who are primarily, though not exclusively sexually involved with people of their own sex, was perfectly acceptable.

Check again.

by Anonymousreply 3307/23/2010

Is there anyone Detrich{sp} didn't sleep with?

by Anonymousreply 3407/23/2010

"Is there anyone Detrich{sp} didn't sleep with?"%0D %0D John Wayne didn't sleep with her. According to Dietrich's daughter Maria Riva, the reason was that he "didn't like being part of a stable."%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3507/23/2010

I thought I read John Wayne did sleep with her? He was real young at the time and naive. Apparently she taught him sex acts ,and positions that he never knew existed. She was extremely knowledgeable about sex. I wonder if she was once a prostitute or molested being so dysfunctional by sleeping with so many men?

by Anonymousreply 3607/23/2010

I love Queen Joe Carstairs, r9!

by Anonymousreply 3707/23/2010

She had a remarkably long career, but I find her a pretty forgettable actress. She was fine, but she never did anything (that I've seen) that made me take notice.

by Anonymousreply 3807/23/2010

She was the original choice for Margo Channing

by Anonymousreply 3907/23/2010

R38, watch her in It Happened One Night, Midnight, and The Palm Beach Story. She was a terrific comedienne and had great rapport with a number of her leading men, especially Clark Gable, Joel McCrea, and Fred MacMurray. She certainly enlivened Don Ameche, who was usually pretty awful but not in Midnight (or in Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait). As noted, she was Mankiewicz's first choice to play Margo Channing. He also wanted her for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but Zanuck gave the part of Gene Tierney (who was very good in it and very beautiful).

by Anonymousreply 4007/23/2010

[quote]You might enjoy reading Diana McClennan's "The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood."

That is a fantastic book! A must-read for old movie fans, especially us gay and lesbian ones.

by Anonymousreply 4107/23/2010

She is an actress who always gives pleasure. If you want to see her in a moving performance of a dramatic part, watch Three Came Home.

by Anonymousreply 4207/23/2010

I loooove her in The Sign of the Cross, and her Imitation of Life is vastly superior to Lana's

by Anonymousreply 4307/23/2010

I lived in Barbados near MS Colbert. A very classy, private LADY. Often opened her home to guests from her Hollywood era, and a few locals. I think it sad that all of you talk about her now, as if she were trash while on earth. Poor Ms Colbert can't even defend herself( but you know what?) She didn't have to she was herself, regardless of what any of you think. Just remember: someone will pass judgement on you, one day. Will you be there to defend yourself. By the way, (not that it matters) but I am straight and married! For Ms Colbert I say A O Y G S T Hell!

by Anonymousreply 4405/28/2011

I think it is easier for women to be bi than men. But that is my opinion. %0D %0D Colbert and Dietrich did have a fling, as did Dierich and Carstairs and Colbert and Carstairs.

by Anonymousreply 4505/28/2011

[quote]She was a massive pussy hound And apparently a big bush supporter.

by Anonymousreply 4605/28/2011

Colbert was always quite butch in her movie roles. She is supposed to have had a torrid affair with Hattie McDaniels and Majorie Main. These gals had a reputation for not being particularly fond of men for their intimate moments.

by Anonymousreply 4705/28/2011

Dietrich's daughter Maria, who does not in any way gloss over her mother's slutty sexual escapades, writes in her biography that her mother did not sleep with John Wayne. Marlene tried, but he stood his ground, drawing Dietrich's hateful ire for years afterward. I choose to believe Maria. %0D %0D You are regurgitating Hollywood gossip created by ruthless biographers who turn their subjects into fantasy fan fiction, r36. Just like the myth that Dietrich and Garbo had an affair. %0D %0D For all her sexual acrobatics, Dietrich was not into sex. Maria explains the paradox in her bok. Dietrich loved romance, the adulation and worship of a lover, ithe fuel it gave her ego. Bt she hated lovemaking. She was adept at fellatio because it gave her control of the situation, but she complained to her daughter that men ruined the whole fun of the affair because they wanted to put their "thing" in her. According to Riva, Marlene hated her naked body, espeically her breasts, and slipped into bed in the dark as quickly as possible when with a lover. It was not about sex for Dietrich. It was romance, which for her, empowered her. So I hardly doubt that she taught John Wayne or anyone anything when it came to sex. %0D %0D Appaently, the only sex that Dietrich truly enjoyed - the actual passion of intercourse - was with Yul Brynner.

by Anonymousreply 4805/28/2011

She showed off her titties in "Sign of the Cross".

by Anonymousreply 4905/28/2011

Yul Brenner is said to have used his head with Marlene. That might account for her alledged pleasure of his services.

by Anonymousreply 5005/28/2011

A friend of mine, an actress, told me that some years ago she met CC and her partner. I didn't ask if the partner was male of female. I should have.

by Anonymousreply 5105/28/2011

[quote]I think it sad that all of you talk about her now, as if she were trash while on earth. Poor Ms Colbert can't even defend herself( but you know what?) She didn't have to she was herself, regardless of what any of you think.

Oh, shut the fuck up, you sanctimonius twat.

Colbert was a public persona. Anyone who knowingly and willingly puts himself or herself out there is fair game.

I'm certain that Colbert knew this, too, and she probably didn't give a shit if people talked about her. And she probably would have laughed at you trying to "defend" her. She didn't strike me as the type who'd get upset over a bunch of trashy types like us DLers gossiping about her.

[quote]Just remember: someone will pass judgement on you, one day. Will you be there to defend yourself. By the way, (not that it matters) but I am straight and married! For Ms Colbert I say A O Y G S T Hell!

And so what if people pass judgment on me? I won't fucking care -- I'll be dead, idiot. Hell, people can judge me all they want to while I'm alive for all I care. It doesn't fucking matter.

by Anonymousreply 5205/28/2011

[quote] A O Y G S T Hell!

What does that even mean??

by Anonymousreply 5305/28/2011

[quote]What does that even mean??

I'm guessing "All Of You Go Straight To Hell."

It's amazing how worked up these psychos get.

by Anonymousreply 5405/28/2011

Lesbian or not, Colbert was quite proper, even with Hattie and Marjorie. She lived to be 92 or more and that says a lot for the quality of life our beloved lesbians live, ever so quietly.

Cobert was a lady lesbian and I don't think that's a bad thing. She was adorable to look at and quite lovely too.

by Anonymousreply 5505/28/2011

Absolutely amazing that there are people like you, r44, actually exists. Colbert was a fucking celebrity - the gossip and speculation go with the territory. The days are over when these people are held up as pillars of society. They are not people - they are things. If she didn't want to be a thing, then she shouldn't have become famous. %0D %0D A O Y G F Y.

by Anonymousreply 5605/28/2011

don't be rude,R56.%0D %0D Of Dietrich: "I wonder if she was once a prostitute or molested being so dysfunctional by sleeping with so many men?"%0D %0D Maybe she just liked it?

by Anonymousreply 5705/28/2011

[quote]a male lesbian.

Oh, look. Chaz Boner showed up. Shouldn't you be yelling at your gf?

by Anonymousreply 5805/28/2011

OP there is a biography on Claudette called Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty (Hollywood Legends) by Bernard F. Dick. I haven%E2%80%99t read the book but on Amazon reviewers only gave the book two stars. They said the book is boring. I think that is the only biography out there on her. %0D %0D %0D I loved Claudette Colbert and her films as well were superb. She was immensely likeable on screen. There are two movies that she was in that are fantastic! "So Proudly We Hail". It%E2%80%99s about what this group of nurses went through during World War 2 with an all-star cast. It think it's a true story. Also, "Drums Along the Mohawk" is just amazing. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert are a young married couple who are colonists in Early America and they encounter struggles and she learns how to live in this new environment. Its a super charming film, but sad as well. If you haven't seen these two films. Please go for it because they are special. %0D %0D R44, if she was a lesbian, then she was a lesbian. It%E2%80%99s just a factor of her life. I don't think anyone here is trying to badmouth her because many DL's love movies and many love old movies on DL. Susielee has been really honest and no bull with her. She said Claudette Colbert was a lesbian and Susielee, as a lot of people on DL knows, would not make up BS because she isn't the type to make up stuff like that. Also, Susie lee isn't an author, she isn't making any mother by making that claim.%0D %0D BTW, Hattie McDaniel wasn%E2%80%99t a lesbian. Hattie McDaniel was straight. In fact, when she heard the rumor that she and Tallulah Bankhead were having an affair Hattie cracked up laughing. %0D %0D I think she couldn%E2%80%99t have a baby, but she wanted a baby so much that she made herself believe she was pregnant. So many actors and actress in Hollywood loved her and were friends of hers. Many of her friends threw a baby shower for her. However, when Hattie had to face reality, she was devastated and went into depression. Claudette went to her and tried to cheer her up as best as she could. Also, Clark Gable went to Hattie to comfort her as a friend and get her out of her depression. %0D %0D %0D %0D I bought an auction catalogue of Claudette Colbert's estate and she had some really beautiful antiques. %0D

by Anonymousreply 5905/29/2011

[quote]BTW, Hattie McDaniel wasn't a lesbian. Hattie McDaniel was straight. In fact, when she heard the rumor that she and Tallulah Bankhead were having an affair Hattie cracked up laughing. %0D %0D You were there?

by Anonymousreply 6005/29/2011

No R60, but I read her biography and it was extensively researched. I think the author-interviewed people who knew her.

by Anonymousreply 6105/29/2011

[quote]Colbert was always quite butch in her movie roles

What kind of mincing prisspot thinks Colbert was butch?!

by Anonymousreply 6205/29/2011

For Dietrich, sex was empowerment. It fed her male-like ego, it ensured her as a love goddess. She wasn't a pervert. She was a conqueror: the more lovers, the more powerful she was. Riva suggests in her book that Dietrich was her father's daughter - Marlene got more than just her looks from a man who was an expert player on the sexual battlefield. %0D %0D The loss of her beloved father at a young age was probably pivotal in shaping Marlene's personality. Perhaps men were a way to recapture the adoration of a father who spoiled her and treated her like a princess, while women were a way to BE the father she missed out on but whose pasing she never really dealt with (Dietrich was notorious in just mentally erasing things that didn't please her).

by Anonymousreply 6305/29/2011

R29: Claudette Colbert and Mary Martin received the Kennedy Center Honors the same year -- December, 1989. Unusual that two actresses were honored in the same year. The KC is known for picking five people from different fields of entertainment.%0D %0D The only exception is married stars, or performers who are known primarily as a team.%0D %0D So. Colbert and Martin were an exception.

by Anonymousreply 6405/29/2011

[quote] Oh, shut the fuck up, you sanctimonius twat.

This is why we cunt have nice things.

by Anonymousreply 6505/29/2011

So the KC honored two dykes in the same year? Was Hillary the First Lady at the time?

[quote] there is a biography on Claudette called Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty (Hollywood Legends) by Bernard F. Dick.

What does a dick know about dykes?

by Anonymousreply 6605/29/2011

Speaking of Dietrich, her daughter Maria Riva's biography is highly recommended. It is one of the best bios I've ever read.

by Anonymousreply 6705/29/2011

[bold]About Diana McClennan's "The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood."[/bold]%0D A review from goodreads:"Not only were Garbo and Dietrich lesbians, they were communist SPIES!!! I don't give a damn if it's true or not, it's hilarious."%0D %0D "Recommended for:Recommends it for: drag queens of a certain age."%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 6805/29/2011

Look at head shots of Marlene and Claudette in the early 30s side by side and you will be amazed by the similar physical appearance.%0D %0D Can't believe I'm the first to mention that Claudette was obsessed by her bad right side and would only be photographed on her left, esp in closeups. She always seemed to me to have a particularly symmetric face but perhaps that was the hairdo with the center part and bangs which she wore for 50 years.%0D %0D She was also one of the few major stars (Cary Grant and Barbara Stanwyck, as well) who refused to sign with any studio for a long-term contract so it certainly wasn't the studio bosses who were forcing her (or them!) to stay in the closet.%0D %0D And wasn't Claudette's long marriage to one of Hollywood's most favorite obstetricians? If so, Claudette might have had plenty of black mail ammunition handy should she need it.%0D %0D In her elder years Claudette co-starred with Rex Harison twice on Broadway and then long tours of those plays so she must have been pretty easy-going since he was notoriously mean and difficult.%0D %0D Isn't there a great William Mann book about gay 1930s Hollywood called The Lavender....something? that has Claudette and Marlene and a more obviously known group of gays on the cover? I remember that being quite a good read.

by Anonymousreply 6905/29/2011

She played the same sort of roles that Norma Shearer did but with a sense of humor.

by Anonymousreply 7005/29/2011

Claudette and Henry Wilcoxon are pretty damn hot in Cleopatra....far more so than Liz and Dick in the later version.%0D %0D Hell, she even made Warren William's Julius Caesar look hot!

by Anonymousreply 7105/29/2011

She kicks ass and takes no prisoners in her last film, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" with Ann-Margret. It was a TV movie that is now, thankfully, available on DVD at the Warner Archives. Tough broad to the end...

by Anonymousreply 7205/29/2011

Her estate was valued at only 3.5 million bucks in 1996? I know stars of the 30s and 40s were paid less than today, but they still made very large sums to invest, especially in real estate. She owned an apartment in NYC and a home in Barbados, so I wonder if the values of hose homes was included? It just doesn't seem like a lot of money after over 60 years of steady work. I wondered why she did three Broadway shows and tours in the 80s. "The Kingfisher", "A Talent for Murder", and "Aren't We All?" all ran for awhile. She must have enjoyed the income, I guess, as she was in her mid 70s already, and legit work is exhausting.

by Anonymousreply 7305/29/2011

Unlike many female stars of the 1930s she seemed to be fine with playing mother roles by the 1940s (Since You Went Away) and she still maintained her leading lady status until the 1950s.%0D %0D She's quite wonderful in The Egg and I with Fred MacMurray, the film that introduced Ma and Pa Kettle. Is that where the Marjorie Main rumors began?

by Anonymousreply 7405/29/2011

Claudette Colbert enjoys the sunshine in the garden of her Holmby Hills home

by Anonymousreply 7502/20/2013

In your opinion, which was the best movie of hers?

by Anonymousreply 7602/23/2013

[quote]Cobert was a lady lesbian and I don't think that's a bad thing.

I pass judgement now! And under a Barbados moon, scream with angry power:


by Anonymousreply 7702/23/2013

Probably she was bi. Big deal.

by Anonymousreply 7802/23/2013

In her earliest films like Cecil B. DeMile's Sign of the Cross and Cleopatra, she was all dooded up in ridiculous outfits and hairdos much like Gloria Swanson in her Cecil B. DeMille silents of the Twenties.

But once she made It Happened One Night and accomplished that very rare Oscar win for a comedy, she began a career of playing chic sophisticates with gorgeously expensive wardrobes and a classic hairdo, the banged bob, that never changed.

by Anonymousreply 7902/23/2013

Banged Bob, i confess that i haven't seen yet 'It Happened One Night'. Is is really as good as they say that it is, or it is just highly overrated?

by Anonymousreply 8002/23/2013


It's square fish, Phallus.

by Anonymousreply 8102/23/2013

Lesbian, lesbian, lesbian

by Anonymousreply 8202/23/2013

R80, seems a tad overrated to me. YMMV.

by Anonymousreply 8302/23/2013

Where do people like r15 get their peculiar ideas?

by Anonymousreply 8402/23/2013

R83, thanks for answering. At least someone did!


by Anonymousreply 8502/23/2013

The bees are coming R81.

by Anonymousreply 8602/23/2013

I love It Happened One Night but I think viewed today, it doesn't seem that fresh or original.

Yet it was the very first of those screwball comedies that cast a sexy romantic couple on a wacky improbable adventure.

Most romcoms today still owe a debt to It Happened One Night.

I'd take a look, r80.

by Anonymousreply 8702/23/2013

Banged Bob, thanks for answering, i appreciate that. I'll maybe see that movie, this week. We'll see...

by Anonymousreply 8802/24/2013


I saw 'It Happened One Night'

I liked it. It was not boring. Nice lil movie.

by Anonymousreply 8903/01/2013

With Marlene Dietrich

by Anonymousreply 9003/01/2013

Marlene was great at parties and was really good friends with Claudette Colbert...

by Anonymousreply 9103/01/2013

Colbert and Dietrich at Carole Lombard's party, 1935

by Anonymousreply 9203/01/2013

Claudette Colbert was highly insecure about her asymmetrical face, so she always requested to be photographed on her left side to conceal her right.

by Anonymousreply 9303/01/2013

1935: American actor Shirley Temple presents the Best Actress Oscar to French-born actor Claudette Colbert (1903 – 1996) for her role in director Frank Capra’s film, ‘It Happened One Night’, Los Angeles, California. Colbert holds a fur coat over her arm, preparing to travel to New York City.

by Anonymousreply 9403/01/2013

With Stephen Collins

by Anonymousreply 9503/01/2013

Take a look at this article

by Anonymousreply 9603/01/2013

Cast break time on the set of 'Boom Town'. Frank Morgan, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr and Spencer Tracy.

by Anonymousreply 9703/01/2013

She had a charm of her own. My favourite movies with her are 'The Palm Beach Story', 'So Proudly We Hail!' and 'Bluebeard's Eighth Wife'. She is not forgettable, i disagree so with the person who wrote that.

by Anonymousreply 9803/01/2013

Claudette Colbert, Joan Bennett, Tay Garnett & Melvin Douglas

by Anonymousreply 9903/01/2013

In the photo below, Nancy Reagan and Claudette Colbert stroll along beach in Barbados

Nancy Reagan and actress Claudette Colbert take a walk in the surf near Colbert's residence in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 9, 1982. The President and the first lady visited their friend during a day of relaxation on the island.

by Anonymousreply 10003/01/2013

Former President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan enjoy a backstage visit with Rex Harrison, 77, and Claudette Colbert, 80, after watching them perform in the play "Aren't We All?" at the Kennedy Center December 17, 1989. (

by Anonymousreply 10103/01/2013

Claudette Colbert and Nancy Reagan stroll along beach in Barbados, alogn with Mrs. William Buckley

by Anonymousreply 10203/01/2013

Claudette Colbert takes a breather during the filming of 'Zaza' and shares ice creams with visitor Martha Raye, and her own mother, Jeanne Chauchoin

by Anonymousreply 10303/01/2013

Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones stop for tea during filming of 'Since You Went Away' (1944)

by Anonymousreply 10403/01/2013

Colbert taking a nude milkbath...

The film was Cecil B. DeMille's precode 'Sign of the Cross'. The milkbath was real milk. Legend has it that the same milk was used for several days until the scene was complete. The milk went off after the first day or two and, being the trouper that she was…Ms. Colbert finished the scene in the old milk.

by Anonymousreply 10503/01/2013

re: R93's comment....Doris Day famously commented that "God wasted half a face on Claudette Colbert"

by Anonymousreply 10603/01/2013

With Joan Crawford

by Anonymousreply 10703/01/2013

Claudette Colbert with Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper

by Anonymousreply 10803/01/2013

Gable had met Claudette Colbert during his Broadway period; she was an established stage star by the time of his debut in Machinal. He also knew that she was a lesbian in a sham marriage with gay actor-director Norman Foster, so he never tried to make a pass or to entice her into the temporary dressing suite that Columbia gave him.

Now as it comes to 'It Happened One Night'... The story builds to a scene where Gable and Colbert must share overnight accommodation in a one-room tourist cabin. Colbert’s actual reluctance to undress in front of the cameras gave Capra the idea for the “Walls of Jericho”, a blanket hung from the ceiling to divide her bed from Gable’s. While undressing behind the blanket, she drapes some of her clothes and undies on it, which turned out sexier than if she’d actually revealed herself.

As Gable stripes down in the same scene, he removes his shirt and has nothing on underneath. In real life he never wore undershirts, so he didn’t want to be bothered with one for the film. Capra went along with i.

During the filming of the “Jericho” scene, Gable and Capra pulled a prank on Colbert. The director called her over to Gable’s side of the curtain with “We’ve got a slight problem here. Clark wants to know what can be done about it.” When she came around, Colbert found Gable under the bedcovers, smirking, with a large bulge rising from his crotch line. He’d taken a prop kitchen utensil and positioned it under the blanket.

“Awww!” Colbert laughed. “You guys!”

The Book “Clark Gable: A Biography” (Warren Harris)

by Anonymousreply 10903/02/2013

"Uggh. So vulgar. So shopgirl-French."

by Anonymousreply 11003/02/2013

It was Marlene Dietrich who said those words, r110.

by Anonymousreply 11103/02/2013

She was not a lesbo. No fucking way.

by Anonymousreply 11203/02/2013

She was a lesbo. Deal with it.

by Anonymousreply 11303/02/2013

[R103] The look between them mmmmmmm, and the mother in the middle lol

by Anonymousreply 11403/05/2013

R114, exactly...hehe

The Secret Heart(1946). After filming The Secret Heart together, Claudette Colbert and co-star June Allyson became such great friends. Colbert became godmother to Allyson's daughter Pamela.

By the way, there are bisexual rumors about dear June Allyson too.

by Anonymousreply 11503/05/2013

Imitation of Life: 1934

by Anonymousreply 11603/05/2013

'Let's Make It Legal' with Marilyn too!

by Anonymousreply 11703/05/2013

With kid star Natalie Wood

by Anonymousreply 11803/05/2013

1947 Claudette Colbert with that dog in 'The Egg I Wire'

by Anonymousreply 11903/05/2013

Carole Lombard & Claudette Colbert...

by Anonymousreply 12003/05/2013

r108, wouldn't you just know it would take the one and only Joan Crawford to get herself in a photo with Claudette forcing her to reveal her reviled right profile?!

And frankly, I don't see the difference.

by Anonymousreply 12103/05/2013

R121, you like Colbert i hope...

by Anonymousreply 12203/05/2013

[R120] That look again

by Anonymousreply 12303/05/2013

Lolz...i love those glances


by Anonymousreply 12403/05/2013

Fredric March had tons of affairs during his 50-year marriage but the one he was really nuts about was Claudette. (They made several movies together at Paramount in the early 1930s.)

by Anonymousreply 12503/05/2013

Those photos of Claudette on the Barbados beach with Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Buckley just vouch for her heterosexuality, if you know what I mean.

by Anonymousreply 12603/05/2013

[R126] What do you mean?

by Anonymousreply 12703/05/2013

I wouldn't say no to a kiss from Claudette. She was not an extraordinary beauty but she had her way to turn you on...i guess.

by Anonymousreply 12803/05/2013

[R128] I would say, yes please

by Anonymousreply 12903/05/2013

In addition to It Happened One Night, my favorite Claudette Colbert movies are:

-- Midnight (1939), a wonderful romantic comedy with a great script by Billy Wilder and a supporting performance by John Barrymore that it is genius. I really think that this is one of the best and most underrated movies of its kind from that era -- it's totally hilair!

-- The Palm Beach Story (1942), one of Preston Sturges' classics, with a yummy Joel McCrea as her romantic leading man.

-- Imitation of Life (1934) - Of course the 1950s Lana Turner/Douglas Sirk version is the one everyone remembers, but this adaptation is also excellent, albeit in different ways. Made during the Great Depression, it's much grittier and more realistic. Like the remake, it's one of the classic tearjerkers.

-- Three-Cornered Moon (1933) - One of the very first screwball comedies, this one concerns a wacky NYC family. Delightful!

Other fun ones: Ernst Lubitsch's The Smiling Lieutenant (in which Colbert plays a sexy violinist in a all-female orchestra; the highlight occurs when Colbert and Miriam Hopkins duet in their skivvies during the "Jazz Up Your Lingerie" number); a Lubitsch screwball comedy called Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, co-starring Gary Cooper; and Tovarich, yet another comedy; in this one she and Charles Boyer are Russian aristocrats who, post-revolution, are reduced to working as servants in Paris. I also enjoyed Colbert's DeMille pictures, Cleopatra and Sign of the Cross.

I still have a lot to catch up on where Colbert is concerned. In particular, I've heard good things about several other of her 30s films, such as Torch Singer and The Gilded Lily. Haven't seen them yet, though.

by Anonymousreply 13003/05/2013

Fredric March was a great actor long forgotten about

by Anonymousreply 13103/05/2013

Even in a minor comedy like The Egg and I, Claudette shines.

She was always great when paired with Fred MacMurray. What is the name of the film they did in which she plays a photo-journalist and he's a sexy sandhog? He has some incredibly hot shirtless scenes in that one.

by Anonymousreply 13203/05/2013

You can watch the full movie 'Three Came Home' with English subtitles, in Youtube

by Anonymousreply 13303/07/2013

R25 and R45 do you remember if in 'The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood" any stories about Claudette? Which other female names are mentioned in that book?

by Anonymousreply 13403/07/2013

*R25 and R41

by Anonymousreply 13503/07/2013

She was very charming and breezy with Gary Cooper in 'Bluebeard's Eighth wife'

by Anonymousreply 13603/07/2013

She is so sweet in this photo! Isn't she?

by Anonymousreply 13703/07/2013

David Ehrenstein said "The Girls" is bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 13803/07/2013

What do you think Claudette didn't like about her right profile?

She seems to have a sleepy right eye in r137's photo but I think it's just a bad shot.

by Anonymousreply 13903/07/2013

Last I saw her she was walking on a beach with the Reagans.

by Anonymousreply 14003/07/2013

I remember when she posed for an ad for Blackalama (sorry about the spelling) furs. She must have been 80-something and looked sensational

One of her underrated films: SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

by Anonymousreply 14103/07/2013

A new biography of Claudette Colbert is needed to be done. It's a shame that still there isn't available a really good biography of this great actress.

by Anonymousreply 14203/08/2013

R142, yes, unfortunately there isn't yet a worthy biography of Claudette. I hope someone will make something about it because Colbert's acting was equal to Garbo's. Her performances were so natural and sincere. She had that gift as an actress, she was so believable, natural and refined in her comic or dramatic roles.

by Anonymousreply 14303/08/2013

Undoubtedly, one of her best performances was as Gerry Jeffers in 'The Palm Beach Story'

by Anonymousreply 14403/08/2013

Concerning Claudette Colbert and Mary Martin receiving Kennedy Center Honors the same year-1989. It was unusual. I believe Martin was suffering from liver cancer in 1989; she died in Nov. 1990. So the Kennedy Center may have rearranged things to include Mary Martin a year or so before they would have otherwise gotten to her.

by Anonymousreply 14503/08/2013

And the winner is...

by Anonymousreply 14603/08/2013

I can't imagine there will ever be a definitive biography of Claudette now. She hardly led a scandalous life and there's no one still alive to reveal any secrets, if they even existed.

by Anonymousreply 14703/08/2013

Love that line...

Claudette Colbert and Henry Wilcoxon in Cleopatra, 1934

by Anonymousreply 14803/15/2013

And the show goes on!


by Anonymousreply 14903/15/2013

Claudette in 'Zaza'

by Anonymousreply 15003/15/2013

Claudette didn't need the scandals to be a grand actress. She didn't even need to be as tough as the other ladies of her league. She was more than enough.

by Anonymousreply 15103/15/2013

[R150] She was a lady's lady lol

by Anonymousreply 15203/15/2013

Hehe R152, yes i think she was that deep in her heart, but she perhaps was too discreet and proper to pronounce it.I suspect that although she seemed sweet, bright and cool, Claudette also had the pride and the vanity of an actress of the Hollywood era, so it must have been difficult for her to be open about her true sexuality.

Just thoughs...dunno.

An awesome actress and a very interesting one, anyway!

by Anonymousreply 15303/18/2013

[post by racist shit-stain #3 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 15403/20/2013

Was Henry Wilcoxon gay? He doesn't seem to have made any good films after Cleopatra.

What happened to him? He was gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 15503/20/2013

R155, unfortunately i can't answer your question about his sexuality with much confidence, but in all the sites i checked out about him, he is mentioned as 'straight'. If anyone knows anything more about that. well, let us know! Lol. The only interesting trivia i found for charming Henry Wilcoxon is that:

He was "an avid antique collector and accomplished flier."

His nickname was 'Biff'. His birtname was Harry Harry Frederick Wilcoxon. Harry and Owen (his brother)were known as 'Biff' and 'Bang' to friends and family due to fighting skills gained in amateur boxing and public houses.

He was given the lead role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934). It would prove to be the beginning of a long relationship with DeMille he would become a familiar DeMille character actor and DeMille's associate producer in the later years of DeMille's career. However, after DeMille died, he worked sporadically and accepted minor acting roles.

Spouse Joan Woodbury t(17 December 1938 - August 1969) (divorced) 3 children Sheila Browning t(26 June 1936 - 2 July 1937) (divorced)

In addition here is a link that says a little more about him.

by Anonymousreply 15603/21/2013

Thanks for the Wilcoxon info r156, but how strange that the bio doesn't even mention his most famous film Cleopatra!

by Anonymousreply 15703/21/2013

I wish i could find something more about Henry Wilcoxon R157. Maybe, some folks in here can tell us more about him. Anyway, yes, i agree with you, he was very good in 'Cleopatra' with the amazing and versatile actress Claudette Colbert!

by Anonymousreply 15803/21/2013

Claudette Colbert away in her own thoughts...

by Anonymousreply 15903/22/2013

Lady Claudette Colbert

by Anonymousreply 16003/22/2013

Stop trying to make Claudette Colbert happen!

by Anonymousreply 16103/22/2013

There is something off-putting about her odd moon-faced appearance, yet she is leagues better than most actresses of her era. She is natural, sly, and very modern in her non-actressy approach. She could do any genre too, which was rare, and had a very successful stage career into her 70s!

by Anonymousreply 16205/12/2013

I remember hearing the story about her last film, "Parrish." (Not counting a TV movie years later.) She was sitting with Bibi Osterwald watching as they were trying to film a dramatic scene with Troy Donahue. When it was decided to dub the dialogue in later (with someone elses voice?) She turned to Bibi and said "I think it's time to retire." And she did, at least from films. She went back to the stage and worked consistently for most of the rest of her life.

by Anonymousreply 16305/13/2013

I wonder what her pussy looked like.

by Anonymousreply 16405/13/2013

Oi Geaorgia!

by Anonymousreply 16505/15/2013

Lew Ayres, Ginger Rogers and spectators Fay Wray & Claudette Colbert (looks like their limo is waiting).

by Anonymousreply 16601/15/2014
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